Let’s Bake…Breads!

October 1, 2012 in Breads

Let’s Bake Breads – Yeasted Breads, Pizza and Focaccia: If you’ve been missing sandwiches, croutons, pizza, hamburgers with the buns, dinner rolls or a toasty slice of bread with your soup and salad, this chapter is for you!  Here is what you can do with “Let’s Bake!”  Be sure to use fresh ingredients.  Read the Fresh Factor TIP below.  Enjoy!

  • Hamburger and Hot dog Buns
  • All Purpose Sandwich Bread
  • Multi Grain Sandwich Bread
  • Jalapeño Bread
  • Gabriel’s Pizza Crust
  • Prosciutto and Rosemary Bread
  • Mediterranean Eliopta (olive bread)
  • Sweet Bread
  • Pissadlerie
  • Foccacia
  • Dessert Foccacia with Grilled or Sautéed Pears and Honey
  • Cinnamon Bun Pizza
The Fresh Factor TIP

Make sure your ingredients are fresh. Spices lose their flavor as they age and are exposed to heat, air and light. Keep them flavorful by storing them in airtight containers in a dark place away from heat. To determine if your spices are fresh, first consider how long they have been sitting in the cupboard. If they are more than a year old, it may very well be time to replace them. Second, open the jar and sniff. Does the spice have a strong fragrance? If not, replace it. Smell your shortening, oil, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), sunflower seeds and ground flax seed to make sure they don’t have any “off” or rancid odors. Ground flax seed turns rancid quickly, so keep it in the freezer. Make sure your brown sugar isn’t hard and lumpy.