Saturday, December 21, 2013

Plaits, Pizza & Pizzelles

Here's my second go at Paul Hollywood's 8 plaited loaf.  I wanted to correct the end issues I had last time (see last post).  Though my ends are getting better, the middle went a little wiggle waggly.  Draft 3 will be tighter all around.  But that's the fun of this, getting to do it again.

Meanwhile, for supper we enjoyed homemade pizza (including sauce).  Usually I mix mozzarella with smoked provolone but when provolone prices pushed too high, I gave Aldi's sliced Muenster a go.  Turned out WAY better.  Super melty and just a delight.  It also works better in calzones.  Now I don't have to worry about the high price.

So take that smoked provolone.  You can suck it.

For dessert, we had my almond pizzelles.  The trickiest part, is convincing Tim that one tin is NOT a single serving.

That's wraps up today's Baker's Lab - I had fun playing but today I'm cleaning the house.  Well, actually I'm writing to you and NOT cleaning the house, whist I chat on IM with my girlfriend Kris.  So it's like I'm cleaning, only not so much.

You Boogerbutts have a good one.  Boogie boogie.


55 comments:

  1. Oh, that's making me feel very hungry... right off to the kitchen...

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    1. What are you having? Or did have?

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    2. Jamaican spiced chicken with rice and beans - while watching Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla on TV :-)

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    3. That sounds good. Really good.

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  2. I thought I already commented here...
    We always make our own pizza. So much better.

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    1. You did, I had technical difficulties and deleted the old post for the same one here. Sorry about that.

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  3. I'm with Tim one tin = one serving ;)

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    1. He will be happy to have
      someone on his side.

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    2. I'm with Tim on this too, that looks about right for one serving.

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    3. Tim read this and was happy, that someone agreed with his serving size.

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  4. sorry have not been here in awhile, but i smelled some great food here and that always brings me in... have a great holiday and send me some of that food!

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    1. Hey Jeremy. I just sent you an email. Hope all is well on your end, been a long time since we chatted. Happy Winter and Boogie Boogie.

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  5. My husband wants you to invite us to dinner! How far are you from Dayton? Haha! :D

    Seriously, that all looks YUMMY!!!

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    1. You are welcome anytime, we always have food.

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  6. OMG that all just looks SO good!

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  7. Those almond cookies look lovely! Is it a complex recipe?
    The prices of cheese are extremely high here too... so high that I don't even remember when I ate dairy cheese last time in my life. I mostly eat vegetable fat based cheese for vegetarians.

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    1. The prices drive me mad. For cheese. But in this case, it worked out for the best. How are the veggie cheeses? We have them here but it's been so long since I tried them that I can't remember what I thought.

      My formula is a simple one. The only thing with this is the time, as my machine only makes two pizzelles at once. And I make mine minis, instead of full-sized to stretch my batter.

      Do you have a pizzelle maker?

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    2. Most of the veggie cheeses are horrible here, but I know one local brand that is good and very yummy, they have smoked cheese and shroom flavoured one too, so I mostly buy that from time to time when the money allows :) I adore breaded cheese.

      Nope, this is the first time I hear about pizzelle... I thought those were little pizzas when you first mentioned it :)

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    3. You know what? You just gave me an idea for little pizzas. I wonder what would be, should I put some of my pizza dough in the pizzelle iron. Would the dough bake? Could I then add toppings for a quick blast in the oven. Hmmm ....

      As my Mamam would say in her thick Hungarian accent ... "Now I thinking ..."

      Thanks, Dez. I'm gonna give it a go.

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    4. When I used to make little pizzas for catering occasions, I'd just cut glass sized circles of pizza dough, put sauce on it and cheese and what you put on regular pizza and then just bake them :)

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    5. And how cool is this idea:
      http://domaci-recepti.blogspot.com/2012/11/cvijet-pogaca.html

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    6. I make personal pans but never minis like you mention. Sounds fun and WOW, I Googled that link. I WILL be making that. And it's all in metric. Absolute heaven.

      Thanks for the link.

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  8. Delicious looking! My mouth is watering... I LOVE homemade pizza. I haven't done that in years. When I was a kid, we used to make homemade pizza regularly. It was sooooo good.

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    1. It's so fun. Any chances of you getting back at it?

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  9. Oh Yum. That loaf still looks super cool even if it is wiggly waggly. Well done :D

    I'm swatting flies ... such fun!

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    1. Thanks Niki - and Happy Summer to YOU. I got to thinking and a White Christmas is nice but I could absolutely get used to a nice summer Christmas and New Year. Sounds refreshing.

      Merry Christmas YOU.

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  10. Muy bonitas y exquisitas recetas la trenza es adorable me gusta su dorado,abrazos y Feliz Navidad

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    1. Feliz Navidad, Rosita. Gracias. Color dorado me hizo feliz.

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  11. That loaf looks like an extra wide, extra delectable challah (the bread we Jews eat on Shabbat). Yummy.

    Have a sweet weekend,
    xoRobyn

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    1. It does look similar to Jewish bread, I agree. My favorite Jewish bread to make is bagel. And two weekends ago I made teeny rolls in the shape of a Jewish star.

      Do you have a favorite Jewish bread?

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  12. Everything looks yummy!

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    1. Thanks. Hope you're feeling better.

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  13. One cannot go wrong with pizza.

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  14. I want some of that pizza right now! :)

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  15. it all looks good to me - yum!

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    1. How's your blogger break going?

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  16. Totally stunning bread, I am so impressed! I am hopeless at making something that so pretty, well done. Nothing like homemade pizza too. I'm always surprised at how long it takes though but it's worth it.

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    1. Thanks, Suzie. I make either a single or double dough batch every morning. Then I either stash it in the fridge or let it ferment on the counter. Then when I am done with my chores, or it's almost supper, I do the rest. That way, it's there waiting for me, instead of me waiting for it.

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  17. I want to eat a whole tin of Pizzelles too!

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    1. Tim just gobbles these little buggers up.

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  18. Your braided bread is gorgeous! I've only done three-piece braids. (I'm a wimp.)

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    1. I love a three plaited bread. Sooo pretty. Hope you give an eight strand a go. It's great fun.

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  19. OMG, those pictures are making me drool.

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    1. Tim gobbled them all up, time to make another batch.

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    2. The pizza looks really good, too. 1 pizza = 1 serving, as well.

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  21. Oh, wow. My stomach growled looking that those YUMMY pictures!!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. It was fun making all these goodies. Hope you guys have a nice holiday.

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