This is my first attempt at an Italian style bread. I think I didn’t quit hit the mark on my first try. It’s looks and tastes good, but the crust was just a bit harder than I wanted. I’ll come back around to this type of bread again later and try a different recipe until I get it right.
For this soap: Palm, coconuts and salt for hardness. Hemp seed, shea and olive for conditioning. Bamboo, algae and charcoal for colorant, and mild exfoliation. Castor and sugar for lots of lather.
I have decided to expand my bread baking, I am going to stay with a bread I make well and try out stuffing bread. I like the slight bit of sweetness of honey challah and only added the cinnamon and sugar to the apples. I used Granny Smith, I prefer a juicy tart apple.
I am using a very old hand written recipe, so I am not sure of it’s origin.
I am using a very old hand written recipe with minimal instruction, I am not sure of it’s origin.
1 package yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water
3 eggs at room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour
2 large apples, minced into fine chunks
3 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon water
Proof yeast in the warm water with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.
whisk in eggs, honey, oil, salt, add flour 1 cup at a time and kneed for 10 minutes until smooth and a bit sticky.
Coat the dough in oil and place into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, allowing room to double and place it in a warm spot to rise for 90 minutes or until doubled.
Peel and chop the apples, mix with sugar and cinnamon.
Divide the dough into 4 parts. Place them back into the bowl and keep covered with the plastic wrap while working.
Roll out one portion at a time, long and thin and then flatten to allow for filling. Roll tightly and pinch the dough sealed. Set filled dough ropes in a cross hatched or tic-tac-toe pattern across the center of your baking sheet and weave them around together, and tucking the ends under.
Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for another hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and brush bread with egg wash, sprinkle with raw sugar and bake for 35 minutes. Rotate at about 1/2 way through cooking. Place tin foil over bread if it is becoming too dark.
I added 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay per pound and some hydrated chrome green colorant. I used olive, coconut, palm, avocado, shea and castor oil as well as adding a teaspoon of salt for hardness and sugar to increase lather.
I added the colorant just after I added the lye water, before I started stick blending. Not that it really matters with hot process soap, you always sort of get a splotchy sort of finish due to the texture of the cooked soap, I rather like how it looks.
I find if I don’t water discount my hot process soaps they distort out of shape as they cure. I also find it takes even longer for my hot process soaps to cure. Most people are under the assumption that hot process soap is faster but if you want to cure it fully all of my hot process soaps actually take longer when I track their cure by weight.
This is ‘Marble Queen’ Pothos and ‘Mona Lavender’ Plectranthus. I have propagated and given away several Mona Lavender’s. After flowering the plant grows crazily for a while so I cut off the run away branches.
I sort of waited till the last minute to finally put these in dirt, the leaves were starting to yellow it had been in water with plenty of roots for several weeks too long. overall these were in water for several months though they had developed their first roots in a matter of days.
My next propagation attempts involve even more Mona Lavender and some leaves that got knocked off the plant so they may be too damaged to start, who knows.
For me bread is not so much about the recipe, I can find great bread recipes all over the place, it’s more about having the time and patience to try and do it right. I sometimes fail terribly at the patience part.
Pumpkin Cardamom Spice Challah
Basic White Bread
First time with this recipe and I hadn’t baked bread in a long while. In the end it was a great tasting bread it was a bit dense and had a great crust. I don’t care for dense bread so I cut the loaf into thick slices and let them dry out overnight. I made a coconut milk French toast with them the next morning.