Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

I lost count of how much bread I’ve made this week, for each of the extended family dinners, for presents, and just plain eating 🙂 It’s been a joy, though, to make each and every loaf and bun and muffin. I’m a true believer in the notion that food can be an expression of love. With that in mind, much love to everyone this Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then Happy Holidays to you and yours, and to all: May this season be filled with goodness and cheer!

What’s cooking in our kitchen, Christmas 2011!

December has been an absolutely fantastic month for baking. Using techniques I learned in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, I’ve made many, many loaves of bread. Bread for home, bread for gifts, bread for parties… I’m sure you get the idea 🙂
Basket of bread baked by Ken
In most of the bread I baked, I modified the recipe to use my sourdough starter. Since my starter is not always the same hydration (yep shame on me!) I pretty much eyeball it to get the right consistency, once I got the hang of what the dough should look like, it’s been working out fine. I’ve also tried out their brioche recipe and it’s been great. I’ve made brioche with chocolate ganache as shown here:
Brioche with Chocolate Ganache by Ken
We’re having fun, eating a lot of wonderful bread, and I’m learning a lot while doing it. I highly recommend the book. It’s not expensive and you can get it here:

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