Saturday, January 31, 2009

Interesting fact about bread.

While searching for bread articles,i found some useful information about bread itself.Here my post in this lovely Sunday morning,which also my pay day!.I'll be rich in couples hour.Boohoo! Im so happy.Here the fact that i found and i want to share with you all.

We start from the earliest race who baked a bread.Did you know the ancient Egyptians are believed to be the first to have baked leavened (raised) bread in about 3,000 BC.(which i thought the french who first discover about how to do it...)So i wonder how the french get so good at making bread and pastry?How the french discover the same thing that first discover by the Egyptians? So,based on my knowledge in world history which is not much i presumed,i guest they get the knowledge when they explore or when in their conquest on Africa continent.We all agreed that create something new doesnt make anything good if the creation doesnt be something better or well known.Improving and mastering some knowledge is better than create it or invent it.As well researching and publishing it will make it more useful.

Farmers receive approximately 5 cents (or less) from each loaf of bread sold.Again,the starters wont get much for their effort.They grew the wheat in hot sun rises,doing the hard work and yet,they got less from it.This is where adding some element in something basic could improve it value itself.As a baker,i'm maybe the tenth person who add the new element on that basic wheat.Here some hierarchy that i think close enough to describe what i mean.

  1. Farmer do the wheat planting and harvest.
  2. The wheat collect by agent to bring the wheat to factory for proccessing.
  3. In the factory,maybe up to 10 or 20 individual handling it into flour process.
  4. Then after the wheat tranform into flour,again it collect by agent to distribute.
  5. Now,at the hand of grocer it supplies to consumer.
  6. And here where i'm standing,in the bakery kitchen process the flour into something so called dough and design the the shape to become something interesting to look and ofcourse delicious to eat.
As you can see,the baker is almost the last person who add the new element to the wheat and transform it into something that we can actually eat.Now letme calculate how much i earn for each bread compare to the one who actually "create" it.

  • I made almost 400 pcs of bread everyday with different design and method by myself. True! its alot.
  • I made about basicly $1700 per month.Not much i know :)
  • So, $1700/26 = $65 per day
  • $65/400 pcs of bread = $0.16 for each bread i made.
Look how much i get by adding new element on that wheat.It almost 3 times from the farmers.Although i do it in air conditioning room and no heat of sun.(but have heat from the oven of course).
In Russia, bread (and salt) are symbols of welcome.Some interesting fact is one bread superstition is that if you put a piece of bread in a baby's cradle, it will keep away disease.And my favorite fact about bread is "Legend has it that whoever eats the last piece of bread has to kiss the cook!".Haha, i wonder if i can claimed that :). So my conclusion is......

Egyptian = farmer
The french = Me!
Bread on FoodistaBread


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bread - The Must Have Recipe

Check this out guys!

Easy bread, wonderful aroma, this Must Have Recipe makes two French style loaves or 12 rolls or one loaf and 6 medium size rolls. The rolls will weigh about 115 grams each after baking.

It will taste and smell better if you do it all by hand. And the process is good for you and the environment. You save on electricity by not using a electric bread maker and you use your own calories to knead the dough, so you stay thing and , (To keep the dough from sticking to your hand, you can use the thin plastic gloves you find in the pharmacy.)

You need 1) A large cookie sheet for baking. 2) Two bowls, one for mixing and one oiled bowl for the first rising 3) A small bowl for the yeast 4) A small bowl for the beaten egg 5) A pastry brush 6) A damp dish twel or plastic wrap 7) Not necessary but extremely useful is a candy thermometer so you take the temperature of the water. You want it about 110'

Put a thin layer of cornmeal on the large cookie sheet. Oil a large bowl

The recipe: 5 and 1/2 cups bread flour 1 packet of active dried yeast 1 tablespoon of sugar 2 cups of warm water 2 teaspoons of salt 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

For brushing the tops of the loaves, you will need one egg beaten with a teaspoon of water.

Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup warm water with the sugar. Water should feel pleasant to the touch, about 110'. Cover and set aside for ten minutes. It should become bubbly and frothy. If it isn't the yeast is not active enough and should be discard. Open another packet and try again.

Empty the frothy yeast mixture into a large warmed mixing bowl/ Stir in the rest of the warm water plus 3and 1/2 cups of the flour. Mix with wooden spoon, adding as much remaining flour as required until the dough in the bowl leaves the sides of the bowl. Remove the ball of dough onto a floured wooden board and knead for about ten minutes, adding flour to the wooden board so the dough does not stick. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic about ten minutes.

Put the ball of dough into the oiled bowl and turn the dough round and then upside down so it picks up a light coating of the oil. Cover the bowl with an oiled piece of plastic wrap and put in a warm place for 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Tip the dough onto a floured board. Punch down and let it rest for ten minutes. The divide in half and shape into two loaves. Do the shaping in the following manner. With your hands or a rolling pin shape into a rectangle about 16 inches long, three inches wide and about 1/2 inch thick. Now roll it up tightly lengthwise Pinch the bottom and place it bottom side down on the cookie sheet with the layer of cornmeal. Repeat with the second piece. Make 4 slashes in the top of each loaf. Cover with oiled plastic wrap. Put in a warm place.

When the loaves have doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes, remove the plastic wrap and place the bread in the preheated oven, 375' for 30 minutes. Brush three times at intervals with the beaten egg.

You will know the loaves are done when you tap the bottoms and the loves sound hollow. Now, if you are not ready to bake the loaves, you can refrigerate them after you shape them, before they rise for the second time. When you are ready to bake them, remove from the refrigerator, allow to rise and then bake as above.

If you prefer rolls or want one loaf and 6 medium size rolls, you can divide the dough in half for making the one loaf and divide the other piece into six equal parts and shape accordingly. The raw dough for six rolls will each be about the size of an extra large lemon. The aroma of the baking bread will fill the whole house and smiles will be everywhere, especially in the kitchen if samples are given out with a glass of milk or a cup of steaming hot coffee.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

How to Compare Bread Makers and Choose the Best One For You

While surfing,i find this useful article on how to choose the best bread makers for you,enjoy!

If you have decided that you would like to try your hand at making your own home made bread but don't want the hassle of making it by hand. There are many Bread making machines on the market that can make superb bread very quickly and without a lot of fuss and bother, but do you know which unit to choose?

To find the one that is going to be best for you, you will need to compare the Breadmaking machines but first you must determine the maximum price you would be prepared to pay. This will at least allow you to narrow down the choices and then it's just a case of finding out what features the individual machines offer.

Some of the Breadmakers offer quite a lot of features including the option to make cakes and to automatically add nuts, raisins and even chocolate chips, to make your bread more interesting, and what about making the popular moist banana bread recipe You can almost smell the aroma! These additional ingredients are added automatically, so you do not have to hang around for ages waiting for the command bleep to tell you its ready and waiting. Also, imagine waking up in the morning to the smell of freshly baked bread because you used the timer feature the night before.

If you suffer from gluten intolerance, then you can easily make gluten-free bread. This can be a real boon because it can be difficult and very expensive buying specialist gluten free bread in the shops, and anyway home made bread is so much fresher and tastier. Its easy to get bread machine recipes specifically for people on a gluten free diet.

All Bread Makers can bake a standard loaf of bread but some can do a lot more so, below is a list of normal operational features offered with all the machines, plus the additional features offered by the others. There are many bread making machines to choose from and finding the right one for you seems confusing so for this exercise I am going to concentrate on the functions of the machines made by Panasonic Morphy Richards, Kenwood, Russell Hobbs and Breville because they are the main and best known manufacturers

Not all Bread Makers are the same but they will all .....

• Bake a standard white or brown loaf

• Loaf sizes from 11b

• Have timers

• Come in a choice of different colours and finishes

Depending on your budget and how much you are prepared to pay, some of the machines offer more additional features, but this does not always mean that the machines are in the higher price brackets. Make a list of the features you would really like and compare these with the prices. You may be surprised!

Some Bread Makers will have .....

• 3 different loaf sizes

• Different bread types

• Automatic additional ingredients dispenser

• Viewing windows

• Cool touch housing

• Rapid bake modes

• Programmable Timers

• Smart-bake - programmable memory settings

• Unique kneading blades

• Continental style crispy bread programs

• Light to dark crust settings

• Option to makes cakes and jam

If you have a tight budget, you will still be able to buy a very good bread maker at a very reasonable price and it will produce your fresh home made daily bread. This may be all you want and need and although the more sophisticated machines offer additional features for the people who love to experiment, ultimately it's probably just a quick fresh daily loaf of bread that you really want!. With the price of shop bread soaring ever upwards, it shouldn't take too long for it to have paid for itself.

Rose Taylor is a cooking enthusiast. Have look at her website on and you will find all the information you need in order to compare and find the best BreadMaker for you.


Thursday, January 8, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT going to change my blog template to suits my topic.Still searching for bread or pastry template.If u guys found any of interesting templates for me,please notify me .Really hard to find bread or pastry one ofcourse.. :)

Ok guys,the renovation is almost complete.New template is up,also new feature added.This blog is now a part of Do Follow blogsphere.Your comment in my post will automaticly get indexed by search engine spiderbots and you'll get your backlink indexed.Please dont abuse this :)


Friday, January 2, 2009

My first award

Wow! i get my first award ever!

I receive this first Awards called "Butterfly Awards" from my friend Gloria. Thank you my friend...This mean allot to me since it's been my first award.

Rules of this award are :
  1. Put the logo on your blog
  2. Add a link to a person who awarded it to you
  3. Link another 10 blogger who you want to give this award to.

As the rule of this award, I want to pass this award to 10 blogger. So I'm honored to give this award to :

  1. lovely092101
  2. Janelabu
  3. Rare Footage
  4. Beng-gee
  5. Healthy Traveller
  6. honiejoiiz
  7. Pinoyislands
  8. Seelaninfo
  9. RecipesGalour
  10. CrazyCents


Easy Doughnut Topping-Vanilla Butter

Well,this is not a recipe to make a doughnut,maybe next time. I'm sure you can find variety of that in other recipe site.But for now,i wanna share 1 of its topping.All doughnut actually have a same base recipe,what make it different from each other is just simply the topping.So today,i wanna share with you all vanilla butter topping.As usual,easy recipe and method.

Vanilla Butter topping Ingredients
  • 120gm Margarine
  • 100gm Icing Sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 5-6tsp Hot water
Cooking Directions
  1. First melt the 120gm margarine.
  2. Put the icing sugar into the melted margarine.
  3. Put vanilla essence and then stir the mix.You can add hot water slowly until you satisfy.
  4. Then,finish!You can start coating your doughnut with your newly made vanilla butter topping.Coat your doughnut when your topping still hot,its much easier.
  5. After finish coating,you can add some snow powder.
  6. You also can dress up your doughnut with any kind of fruits that you like for e.g strawberry,peach or raspberry.

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