15 March 2010 | Food
Some Recent Testing
Recipe testing, of course.
Salt and pepper bread. Ok, it sounds a little weird, but it was tasty. I just put cracked black pepper inside and some fancy flaky sea salt on top- a big hit with Dusty and good for dipping.
My first attempt at a “breakfast bread.” I don’t know why I am calling it that- I just was in the mood for a bread with a lot of stuff in it without it being too crunchy or grainy and dry. I used shredded apples, carrots, some wheat bran, almond butter and raisins (which i didn’t mix in well enough so they sunk to the bottom…). It was moist, had a great texture and was still nice and fluffy, but I was looking for something a little more flavorful and maybe a little denser. Back to the drawing board.
Breakfast bread #2 turned out a lot better. I used 100% whole wheat flour, wheat bran, carrot juice instead of water, upped the amount of carrots, apple and almond butter, threw in some coconut and sunflower seeds. Ok, and a dash of molasses for good measure. This one had the hearty flavor i was looking for without being sweet. Bread was moist and dense. Yum.
Ginger beer! In my many travels through the depths of cooking websites, I came across a recipe for ginger beer, and I thought, “I like ginger beer!” Then I read the recipe and thought, “that looks easy!” So I tried it, and…it worked ok. I might have fermented it a bit too long, and I think it could have used a little more gingery “bite,” but it was a good first try. Dusty was a little creeped out by the stuff at the bottom- even though it was just tiny pieces of lemon and ginger. (Ok, I admit just saying “stuff at the bottom” sounds kind of gross.)