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“I understand the big food companies are developing a tearless onion. I think they can do it – after all, they’ve already given us tasteless bread.”

— Robert Orben

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Honey

Honey   Honey is a sugar based syrup made by bees gathering pollen from plants.  Many people feel local honey, having local pollen, can help people minimize allergy symptoms. Sugar contains enzymes which can interfere with dough rising.  This is most pronounced with raw honey.  The answer is to blanch the honey to denature the …

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Cake Flour

Cake Flour According to Nigella Lawson, cake flour is mostly found in the USA.  It is a low protein flour, between 6 and 8% protein, that has been milled very finely and bleached.  Cake bakers have historically wanted a very white flour to make very white cakes. Higher protein levels would make cakes tough rather …

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2020-06-05 It Doesn’t HAVE To Be Difficult! Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips

2020-06-05 It Doesn’t HAVE To Be Difficult! Sometimes, OK – all too often, we make baking bread harder than it has to be. Feed the sourdough starter for three days. Make a preferment for 12 to 18 hours. Bake the bread in a dutch oven or a wood fired oven that has never cooled in …

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2020-05-28 Secrets of Bread Pudding and Class Comments – Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips

2020-05-28 Secrets of Bread Pudding and Class Comments – Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips Hi Bread Heads! I thought I’d better send another note out before people start asking if I’m dead. I’m not dead, not even wounded or ailing! Time gets a bit strange when you’re livin’ on Corona Time! (I looked …

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Basic White Bread

Basic Yeasted White Bread Introduction to Baking This recipe has been with us for a long, long time.  It’s an old favorite.  So it shocked me when I found somewhere between the old web site and the new I managed to mess up the recipe.  Yeah, the mangled version worked, but it just wasn’t as …

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2020-05-13 Oops – Too Much Bread, What Now? – Mike’s (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips

2020-05-13 – Oops, What Do We Do With All That Bread, and Hopes for Classes! Hello Bread Heads! A former student had a team building exercise class with us some time ago. It must have gone well because she recently contacted me REALLY wanting to have another class. It turns out her staffers are spread …

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