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Dutch Crunch Bread

I can’t believe the last post I made here was middle of October.  I haven’t really tried a lot of new things in the last couple of months as things were hectic and the holidays were crazy.

I did manage to cross off another item from my list.  I made Dutch Crunch Bread last month, I just didn’t have time to blog about it.  (I also didn’t get to take great pictures, but what the heck)

It was pretty good.  I’m not exactly sure how it’s supposed to taste since I’ve never even heard of this bread until a friend suggested I try making it.  It had an interesting crunch when you bite into it.  I’m not sure I’ll be making it again, though since it takes more work than the usual loaf or bun.  But then, I was also baking other stuff when I made this.  I wasn’t really focused on just this bread so maybe I will try it one more time and see if it’s a keeper.  In any case, it’s always fun to try new things.  So go ahead and try it out!

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Bread


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Creamy Macaroni and Cauliflower

I saw Jamie Oliver make this on one of his shows.  I just couldn’t remember what he called is so I’m calling it, creamy macaroni and cauliflower.  He said it was supposed to be similar to macaroni and cheese with the added benefit of having cauliflower and bacon.  Now, everything is better with bacon.  🙂

It turned out pretty okay, I think.  There was a topping of bread crumbs, bacon bits and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top and this provided a nice contrast to the creamy macaroni.

I couldn’t find the recipe on his website though so I just did it the way I remembered it.  I just boiled the macaroni and cauliflower together in one pot, and they cook at the same time.  After draining, I mashed the cauliflower in the baking dish.  I mixed in a pack of cream and a cup of the pasta water.  I also mixed in some cheese and seasoned with salt and pepper.  Then, I sprinkled the topping and baked for about 30 min at 180 degrees Celcius.

Of course a pasta dish should be served with bread so I made some Herb Garlic Baguettes to go with it.  I just shaped it a bit differently.  It smelled so good and was great with butter.

Overall, it a pretty good dinner.  I guess what would make it even better is to also have bacon bits mixed in with the macaroni to cut through the creaminess.  Let’s eat!

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Posted by on October 1, 2011 in Bread, Pasta


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Peach Scones

I’ve never tasted scones so I don’t really know what they are.  I’ve been curious about them since watching the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten make them in her show.  I thought they were like cookies but I didn’t really know what to expect.

I wanted to try making some scones and since we had a can of peaches sitting around, I decided to make some peach scones.

I certainly didn’t expect the dough to be so wet.  I guess I should have since there’s cream mixed in it.  So instead of shaping it on a flat surface then cutting out the shapes, I just scooped it out using our biggest ice cream scoop.  My kids helped in brushing the tops with cream and sprinkling the sugar on top.  I just used regular sugar instead of cinnamon sugar since my kids are not big fans of cinnamon.

I didn’t really know what to expect but it came out softer than I thought.  And I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that it wasn’t too sweet since the recipe only called for 4 tablespoons of sugar.  My kids ate one each but they didn’t really like it so much.  I think I shouldn’t have added the almond extract as the smell was quite strong and a bit of a turn-off for the kids.

I was thinking it would be like cookies but it’s more like bread.  Jon decided to spread some butter on it and that made it better.  I guess it would go well with butter and jam.  It was okay but I probably won’t be making this again soon (since I had to eat most of it!).  At least I got to cross one item of my list!  Yey!

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Bread


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Pesto Grilled Cheese

I’m a big fan of pesto but I haven’t made some in years.  My family’s not so enthusiastic about it so I don’t make it often.  But because of the typhoon the past couple of days, my basil plant’s branches broke so I figured it’s time to make some pesto since I can’t bear to throw away all those wonderful basil leaves.

This is the first time I’ve made pesto without really measuring my ingredients.  I figured I’ll make it like the chefs on TV who just put enough olive oil to cover the leaves, add about a cup of parmesan cheese, lots of garlic, a bit of salt and pepper and process everything.  I came across a recipe where walnuts are added instead of pine nuts and I did that too.  Pine nuts here are just outrageously expensive.

As luck would have it, we were having carbonara last night so I got some noodles and tried out the result and it was great!  I also added a bit of pesto to my serving of carbonara and it was perfect.  My family however refused to try it.  Oh well, at least I have pesto to use anytime I want.

So, for lunch today, I decided to make a grilled cheese sandwich and use pesto instead of butter or mayo.  I can’t decided whether to have it with tomatoes so I made two sandwiches instead.  Since the bread I made yesterday was a bit small anyway, 2 sandwiches would just be right for lunch.

Doesn’t that look great already?  But of course I’m not done yet.

I also sprinkled a bit of parmesan.  And after grilling…









I never knew sandwiches could be so filling!  Let’s eat!


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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Sandwiches


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I just love the smell of baking bread.  It’s very inviting and warm.  And I’m smelling it right now. 🙂

We’re having pasta for dinner tonight so of course I wanted some bread to go with it.  As luck would have it, we don’t have any bread that I could make into toast so I thought of making garlic lover’s pull apart bread but we don’t have any butter and it was too hot to go out and buy some.

I wanted something different from a loaf but with limited ingredients, I decided on Focaccia.  I’ve made focaccia once and it turned out decent so I decided to make it again tonight.

It was very easy and fast for bread.  It was done from start to finish in under two hours!

dinner is served!

I got my recipe from Simply Italian by Sophie Braimbridge and just changed it a bit.

adapted from Simply Italian by Sophie Braimbridge

2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 t salt
1 cup lukewarm water
1 t sugar
1/4 c olive oil
2 t yeast

I always use instant yeast so I usually skip the proofing part.  Just mix all the ingredients and knead until smooth.  I use a kitchen aide so it’s really easy.

Let the dough rise for about an hour until doubled.  Usually, we’re told to have the dough rise in an oiled bowl and I usually skip this too and just let the dough rise in a clean bowl.

dough doubled in size

Punch down the dough then spread it on a pan that’s been oiled well.  Let the dough rest until the oven has been preheated to 210 degrees Celcius.

Poke dimples on the bread.  Brush generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and dried herbs.  I also sprinkled some Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20 – 30 min.  Take out of the pan to cool.  Cut then serve and enjoy!

freshly baked focaccia

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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Bread


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Grilled cheese with tomatoes and basil

Looks like I’m on a healthy track this week.  Yesterday, I wrote about oatmeal pancakes.  Today, I’m having a pretty healthy lunch.

It started with a suggestion from friends that I add cheese to my tomato toast which I had for lunch last week.  I decided to try that today.

Unfortunately, we ran out of bread since we finished it off for breakfast last Saturday and I haven’t had a chance to make another loaf.  So I had to bake some bread before I could make my sandwich.

I decided to try something new.  I made some kind of milk bread.  It’s pretty easy, instead of water, I used milk.  It’s a great way to finish off the milk in the ref.

The dough was very smooth and soft and I think this is a good sign that the bread would be soft, too.  I got a bit concerned though when I saw some yeast dotting the surface of the bread as I was shaping it into a loaf after the first rising.  Did I underknead it?  Should I have dissolved the yeast?  Should I have heated the milk?  I use instant yeast and I read that it can be mixed with the flour and that it’s not necessary to proof it.  I guess I just have to wait and see what happens.

It turned out looking pretty decent.  I could see some white specks which was probably the yeast that I noticed prior to baking.  I couldn’t wait for the bread to cool completely before slicing it.

Time to assemble my sandwich.  On one slice, I put some mayonnaise and sliced tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper.  On the other slice, I placed the cheese and basil leaves.  I only had some quickmelt but I wanted to try this sandwich already without waiting for the chance to buy some mozarella.

After toasting, heaven.

I think I’ve found my new go-to sandwich.  You should try it!

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Sandwiches


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