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 Post subject: Bread
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:35 am 
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Just a few of the bready things I've been making over the past few months.

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Hot cross buns (are these mainly a british thing or do you get them in America?)

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Fruit bread

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Plain white loaf


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:46 am 
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All three look delicious, I especially want the fruit bread. I've seen hot cross buns here in Canada, but I don't think they're overly popular here!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:17 pm 
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Your buns look gorgeous. I've heard about them from the song, but I've never eaten one.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:18 pm 
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mollyjade wrote:
Your buns look gorgeous. I've heard about them from the song, but I've never eaten one.

Yes! We sing about Hot Cross Buns, but I've never had one. What do they taste like?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:34 pm 
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I bow down to your baking skills.

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mollyjade wrote:
Your buns look gorgeous.

Ha.

They do, though.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:48 pm 
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I've never actually had hot cross buns but I'd love to try them. Your breads look delicious.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:59 pm 
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Those breads look beautiful and I love the pictures. I'd love to try a slice of the fruit bread!


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look so good!
do u have a recipe for the plain white bread ?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:12 pm 
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You have the touch! It alll looks great.

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Such beautiful loaves!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:57 pm 
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OOooooohhhh.... Bread! I love!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:12 pm 
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Everything looks so good!

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I love hot cross buns! They're one of my favourite things ever, I kind of go crazy when I first see them at the supermarket ech year and buy like 30 bags full. I should really try to make my own. Yours look perfect!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:40 pm 
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It all looks delicious!! I love hot cross buns... this is making me want to make them.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:00 pm 
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Hot cross buns are awesome! I've only really seen them in the springtime, around Easter.

One day, I'll stop being afraid of forking up anything yeast and start baking breads.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:04 am 
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When I was a kid we had hot cross buns for breakfast. I lived in a suburb of Boston. YUM!

Just looking at them brings back the smell...::sigh::


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 Post subject: Re: Bread
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:42 am 
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Meggs wrote:
mollyjade wrote:
Your buns look gorgeous. I've heard about them from the song, but I've never eaten one.

Yes! We sing about Hot Cross Buns, but I've never had one. What do they taste like?


They're light in texture like a regular bun but are sweet with mixed spice and mixed fruit. The spice is quite subtle.


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I love bread.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:22 am 
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Beautiful bread. Simply beautiful!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:52 am 
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Thank you for all your lovely comments! And all of you who haven't ever had hot cross buns you have to go out and get some as soon as you possibly can (which might not be til easter!), they're one of my favourite types of bread.

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They're light in texture like a regular bun but are sweet with mixed spice and mixed fruit. The spice is quite subtle.

I think that's a pretty much perfect description of how they should be, though I always remember the ones from the shops being kind of heavy and doughy, but mine were quite light. Traditionally they're made with mixed spice, though now you can get all sorts of different varieties from the supermarket, like apple and cinnamon, chocolate chip, with nuts.

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look so good!
do u have a recipe for the plain white bread ?

I think that loaf is Rose Levy Beranbaum's basic soft white sandwich bread, the recipe is here. Swap the butter with margarine, the honey with agave and soy milk for the dry milk, there are instructions for swapping dry milk with liquid at the bottom of the recipe, if you have soy milk powder I expect that would work too.

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One day, I'll stop being afraid of forking up anything yeast and start baking breads.

Don't be scared! Making bread is really easy, you might need a little practise before you can turn perfect loaves out every time, but as long as you follow a good recipe it should turn out fine. My only advice is to not add too much flour, I used to add loads whilst kneading so my dough didn't stick to the counter but I've since learned that it's alright if it sticks a bit, wetter dough gives you better bread.

This is a pretty simple but good recipe, the one I linked to above is a bit more work but makes great bread, and if you want something sweet the maple brown sugar pinwheels in veganomicon are delicious and the dough for them is a dream to work with.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:39 am 
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Wow, everything looks beautiful and delicious!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:08 pm 
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8ball wrote:
Meggs wrote:
mollyjade wrote:
Your buns look gorgeous. I've heard about them from the song, but I've never eaten one.

Yes! We sing about Hot Cross Buns, but I've never had one. What do they taste like?


They're light in texture like a regular bun but are sweet with mixed spice and mixed fruit. The spice is quite subtle.

Next question. Is a bun the same as a roll?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:04 pm 
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Your hot cross buns look so good.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:07 am 
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i am impressed! i have had and made hot cross buns but yours look fabulous. I also have to say-hot cross chocolate buns? win.


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