Blog Posts - Bread Baking



Starting Our Sourdough

Sourdough, as the Gemini of breads, acts as both a wild yeast and a distinctive breed of bread. This tangy viand has made its own name among the artisan baking community, which is why I thought it was time for us to add it to our repertoire of artisa...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Sep 16, 2013

Brioche in Style

Congratulations! Félicitations! We have arrived at the crowning week of brioche at The Word Magician’s Kitchen. It has been a luxurious ride during which this enriched bread revealed a few of its secrets to us. In the first week, we kept the b...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Sep 10, 2013

Baker’s Percentages 101

As we probe further into the captivating world of bread, we start to notice that bread baking is a spell-binding fusion of art and science. The artistic aspect of the craft enables us to create something that is unique and ours alone (even if we foll...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Sep 4, 2013

Braided Brioche

Brioche takes an artful turn this week as we focus on forming the dough into ornamental shapes. For today’s posting, I am following the original recipe of the series with the poolish starter, because the tangzhong starter from last week made...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Sep 2, 2013

Brioche Round 2: Tangzhong Starter

For the second succedent week with brioche, we are flirting with fermentation. Briefly casting aside the cake-batter poolish from the recipe, we move the starter to the stove in order to create the roux-like tangzhong. ~The Tangzhong Experience~ We f...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Aug 27, 2013

Butter,Thieves,and Bread Tablecloths: A slice of brioche history

Before I began my professional toils and tinkerings in the food world, history was just a subject that triggered the snooze button in my brain. Nonetheless, once I started traipsing around countries through their distinctive cuisines, I found myself...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Aug 21, 2013

Lavender Honey Brioche

DA…DADDA…DA! BRIOCHE!   Print Lavender Honey Brioche Prep Time: 7 hoursCook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 2 loaves This soft, enriched French bread lands on the tongue like a downy pillow and then melts like butter on the taste buds.Ingred...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Aug 19, 2013

Eesh Baladi w/Dukkah

When tragedy and horrendous violence shatter a community or a country, we are challenged to look beyond the situation to find the hopeful beating heart of the nation. Such is the case today, which marks the annual Egyptian celebration of the flooding...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Aug 15, 2013

Pain de Campagne: Final Week

  This has been an excellent month spent in the company of the classic French bread,Pain de Campagne. I hope that you have gleaned as much from the experience as I have during these beginning dabbles into artisanal bread baking. While this is ou...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Aug 12, 2013

Pumpernickel w/Rye Tangzhong Method

Along with the pain de campagne, I have also been dabbling in other breads throughout the week. Some of this tinkering is the result of conversations with my Google + comrades. But really, a fire that has been simmering like burning coals for over a...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Aug 6, 2013

Pain de Campagne Week #3

Baker’s Notes:  These notes are just shy of a week overdue as zucchini has pushed to the forefront of my attentions like a rambunctious kid. But, alas, I am recording the findings for Pain de Campagne Part Trois. In the first week of our baki...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Aug 4, 2013

Batch #2: Pain De Campagne

by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Jul 22, 2013

Artisanal Bread Series: Pain de Campagne (Day 2)

  Print Pain de Campagne (Baking Day) Pain de Campagne shaped into dinner rolls and decorated with an epi cut. My version turned out soft in the center and crispy on the outside. The flavor held a faint tartness. In further trials, I will play w...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Jul 18, 2013

Artisanal Bread Series: Pain de Campagne (Day 1)

To commence the Artisanal Bread Baking series, I have looked to the masters for afflatus. With hundreds of boulangeries peppering the French landscape, I opted for a classic French bread as our first lesson together. While the baguette falls within t...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Jul 17, 2013

Shaping the Crumb and Bloom of Bread Making

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” ~Robert Browning You have just successfully advanced through the mechanics of bread making with The Dough Puncher’s Prelude and now you may be wondering, wh...
by The Word Magicians Kitchen on Jul 16, 2013

Easy Bread Rolls - Recipe

I didn't make these bread rolls today for many reasons - it's too hot and I no longer have a kitchen. The fitters come on Monday to fit my new kitchen, we are also having a new boiler which means a few difficult days.  It's a great excuse to eat...
by Kitchen Delights on Jul 14, 2013

BLACKBERRY CREAM CHEESE BREAD

This blackberry cream cheese bread is so good in the morning for breakfast with a cup of coffee.  We like it as a snack anytime, too.  You could use all kinds of fruit and berries to make this bread. I love the taste of the lemon along with the cre...
by The Southern Lady Cooks on Jul 11, 2013

Celebrate Blueberry Season With My Delicious Lemon-Spiked Blueberry Bread!

This is the time of year to take advantage of blueberries while they are plentiful.  This recipe that I want to share with you is one fantastic way to enjoy them in this moist sweet bread.  What really seems to shake up the flavor of tho...
by Nuts 4 Stuff on Jun 30, 2013

My Bakescapade !

  Lately, I have been wanting to learn about bread baking.   My inspiration came from watching baking shows on Cable TV like "Baking Made Easy" by Lorraine Pascale, Martha Stewart's "Martha Bakes"and Cup Cake Wars. I enjoyed watchin...
by Flowersblooms By Elvie on Jun 9, 2013

.Breaking Bread-The Clean Living Series

Eating clean is part of clean living. What we consume constitutes the very foundation of how our bodies function and translate to our external selves. That being said, eating clean requires you to… Read More →...
by La Rue Jacob on May 29, 2013


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