Baking beautiful bread requires the skillful manipulation of three big, messy variables: technique, equipment, and ingredients. Poor technique accounts for most subpar results, but a sudden change in kitchen conditions or ingredient availability can throw even a seasoned baker for a loop. If your bread has started acting up for seemingly no reason, your water might just be the culprit.
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If you've happened to visit Pinterest in the last five years or so, you have no doubt seen a recipe or 10 for some iteration of three-ingredient, no-knead bread. These recipes are popular for good reason. Not only are these loaves extremely impressive for the amount of work they demand, they are excellent vehicles for any odds and ends you wish to rid your fridge of, from a handful of cheese to lonely fruits and vegetables.
Once upon a time, Sizzler was everywhere. While nominally a steak-and-seafood restaurant, the chain was famous for two things: its all-you-can-eat buffet and the complimentary Parmesan bread that greeted you on arrival.
Sadly, Sizzler became a victim of the casual dining wars and there are now only a handful of outlets left in Australia. But don't despair: the recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home and it only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps!
A good salad is all about achieving that perfect balance of flavours and textures, and nothing adds crunch quite like a crouton. You can purchase pre-made croutons pretty easily, but it you want a truly great cube of golden, crispy, just slightly chewy bread, you should make them yourself. They're also dead easy to make.
If you live on a restricted diet, either for medical reasons or to simply prevent assaulting your flatmates with all manner of, uh, odours, finding edible substitutes for staples can be difficult. Those following a FODMAP regime, for instance, tend to avoid foods containing gluten, just to be on the safe side. But if you're OK with gluten, just not the sugars, Baker's Delight might be your salvation for doughy loaf goodness.
I've recently started making bread for myself, and it is one of the most nerve-wracking-yet-liberating experiences I've ever had in the kitchen. There are so many terrifying points of failure, all of which are immediately forgotten when you smell the deliciousness coming from your oven. Or, in some cases, from the grill.
Let's say you've just made a stew, soup, or something with a layer of fat swimming on top and you want to get rid of it. You can use the ice cube trick, spoon the fat out, or refrigerate it to harden the fat and remove later. Those are good options, but now you have another: skim the top with sliced bread to sop up that grease.
There are few things more satisfying than slicing into a big loaf of fresh, crusty bread. However, if the loaf is bigger than your bread knife, getting a uniform slice can be a slight challenge, especially when you hit that bottom crust. Luckily, there is a very easy solution: just flip the loaf on its side.