Archive for January, 2009

oh señorita, we love the conchas

January 31, 2009

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A friend treated me to my first pan dulce conchas the other day. These are Mexican sweet buns (although Southern NM also carries them in bakeries) whose name means sweet (dulce) bread (pan) in the shape of a shell (conchas).

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BBD#16 – Ale and cheddar bread

January 31, 2009

Ale and cheddar bread

Ale and cheddar bread, complete with a crackling crust

Bread and cheese, two simple yet fundamental foods – they are food groups, right? – come together for Bread Baking Day #16, hosted this month by Temperance of High on the Hog.

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Pineapple and raisin cream cheese buns

January 23, 2009

Pineapple and raisin cream cheese buns

Pineapple and raisin cream cheese buns

My mom handed me a bag of dried, bite-sized pieces of pineapple.

“You bake all sorts of things, right? Can you make something with this?”

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Pane al cioccolato II

January 20, 2009
Pane al cioccolato the second

Pane al cioccolato the second

Quick post tonight: thought you might like to see the results of my latest [food] experiment, pane al cioccolato II.

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Garlic Buns

January 15, 2009
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Garlic Buns

If you read my previous post, you might be wondering: why did I have garlic butter on hand anyway?

Here’s why.

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100 Chinese Foods to Try Before You Die

January 13, 2009

Food-surfing the web reaps many delights. I stumbled upon this list of 100 Chinese Foods to Try Before You Die as written by Diana at Appetite for China, and thought it would be fun to go through it and see.

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not a winning combination

January 13, 2009

I love food, and I love to talk about (and clearly, write!) about food, especially baked goods. That doesn’t mean everything works well for me the first time though. Ask my friend CVG, for example, who can tell you about the time I was supposed to cook dinner (homemade pizza, from scratch) and the yeasted dough had overrisen. We didn’t know (I didn’t realize it) until we discovered the dough – yeah, I’m going to call it “dough” because it never baked properly – tasted sour and slimy and gave off an alcoholic hooch. I’ve whipped up  banana bread in less than 10 minutes, only to remember halfway through the baking time that I completely forgot to add the sugar. I don’t need to remind you about my tiramisu efforts.

…but hey, that’s okay. If everything always worked out perfectly, how could you ever learn to recognize and remedy what would have ended up straight in the compost? 「失敗是成功之母」 Failure is the mother of success (you when you learn from your mistakes). Also get a good laugh and learn from the mistakes of others, which is why I’m going to share my sweet *and* savoury scones story with you.

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Braid

January 2, 2009

Blueberry cream cheese braid

Blueberry cream cheese braid

“Wait. Are you serious, you’re planning to bake bread for dessert?”

Why yes, I am.

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