"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

This Week's Bread and a Fun Day in the Kitchen.................


My favourite kind of day  - one spent in the kitchen.  

I started a biga yesterday morning with the idea of using it in a batch of bread later in the day.   
Never got around to it so..... I fed it again before going to bed.  

This morning I used half the biga in a batch of Rye bread and the other half in a double batch of French Baguette dough.   


The French dough needed a double rise before shaping so the Rye was ready to bake first. 


I roasted a red bell pepper that needed to be used up and made a half portion of my favourite Tuna Pate.


And we had it on rye for lunch.

 
  When the baguette dough was ready to go I divided it in half and made three small baguettes and the other half is in the fridge and will probably end up as pizza on Friday or Saturday night.  


While the dough was rising, I put a pot of Bolognese sauce on to simmer and I also made a batch of pasta dough.




 Once the last loaf of bread went into the oven, I rolled out the pasta dough and hand cut 3/4 inch wide noodles (Pappardelle style).

7 comments:

  1. Every time I ready your blog I gain 3 pounds - I salivate - if you need a taste tester you just let me know and I will give my very honest opinion!

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  2. You must know... every time I visit your blog and admire your pictures my heart SKIPS a beat.
    Oh, to have your talent and skills in the kitchen (and behind the lens!) Gorgeous bread, pasta... and as always you've captured it all so beautifully. Very nice!

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  3. I have some sourdough starter in my fridge ready to go. My son brought it home for me from his starter at college (way better than bringing home dirty laundry!) I wonder if my loaves could possibly look as tasty and crusty as yours.

    The homemade pasta just sent me over the top...that's my kinda fun, too.

    Beautiful photos.

    Thanks!

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  4. You'll probably be out of commission for the next few days after this baking extravaganza.
    Beautiful, comforting foods!

    It reminds me I haven't made Papardelle pasta in well over a year. Seems I've been in slacker mode for just as long.

    Ann, a while ago I used my starter to make whole wheat bread, and was surprised at how good it was. I think I'll test the waters with rye flour next.

    In any case, all this to say, the thought of sharing a kitchen with you, would be fun.

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  5. Ann...all I can say is WOW! That rye bread looks better than the bakery! I am going to make your French Bread this weekend I think...I keep putting it off. I can not wait to see your post of your finished pasta! I have not made fresh pasta in quite a while...you have inspired me!
    Simply gorgeous!

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  6. I love a day in the kitchen too, Ann! Gives me such pleasure to test and try a new recipe! Your bread looks marvelous!
    I confess I've never made pasta!

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  7. your photos are always pure art to me...

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