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Easy Bread Recipe

19 Apr

Growing up there were always 2 types of bread in our house.  Our week bread, which was slice bread one buys in the supermarket and our weekend bread. On Saturday and Sunday it was fresh Italian bread or French baguettes.  The bakery was about 15 city blocks away  so my father would take his bicycle, very French of him, but we lived in New York City. Once he arrived with the fresh bread we would devour it.  I would use my hands instead of a knife and so would my mother.  We loved the crispy, crunchiness and smell and I would dip it in coffee like my father.  Throughout the day I would  grab pieces of dough, leaving the outer crust intact. When my parents went to get a piece all they got was a hollow crusted bread.  I was scolded almost every weekend.  Now a days I use a knife and add some butter, that’s all it needs.

Here is an easy Baguette recipe from “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano.

BAGUETTES (makes 4)

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 4 to 5 unbleached all purpose white flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 egg, beaten and mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water

Preparation Steps

  1. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.  Stir with fork. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the flour and salt.  Add the yeast mixture and stir the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water.  Mix the dough until it is sticky enough to knead.  On a lightly floured board, knead for 6 to 10 minutes. The dough should be sticky and smooth.  Put the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and let rise at room temperature until double in volume, about1 hour.
  3. Punch down the dough and divide into 4 pieces. Roll each into a ball and shape into a baguette.  Transfer the loaves to a lightly greased baking sheet and let rise until nearly doubled.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush the baguettes with egg water mixture.  Score the loaves diagonally across the top with a sharp knife
  5. Pour 2 cups of hot water into a pan and place in the preheated oven next to the baguettes to provide moisture.  Bake the baguettes for 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 400 degrees and bake for 5 to 10 minutes more, until golden br0wn.  Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before slicing.

Wednesday Catch: Cookbook Dilema

7 Apr

Would you believe I buy cookbooks but I can count in one hand the number of times I’ve actually made a recipe from those books.  It’s been about 2 years since I’ve bought a cookbook (not including memoirs with recipes) and to tell you the truth I don’t think I’ll ever make anything from those books.  Maybe given that it’s been so long since my last purchase and I’ve started a food blog, I’ll buy a cookbook that I’ll actually use.  Do you use your cookbooks? Do you have a favorite?

My Blog Was Approved

2 Apr

I have some great news for my blog. My blog Yummy2Tummy has been approved by Foodie Blogroll.  Now if I could only figure out how to put the widget on my blog 😉

I’ll keep trying and I hope I get it.

Italian Dinner

5 Feb

Today I am not cooking and it’s not because I’m going out to eat. A company came to my job and with the visit along came the  food .  There was so much food, Baked ziti, Penne a la Vodka, Stuffed Mushroom, Eggplant Parmesan  and a bunch of other stuff. There was so much food I was able to bring some home.  So dinner tonight, Italian 🙂

What are you having for dinner tonight? How about some…

Baked Ziti
Ingredients:

15 oz ricotta cheese, part skim milk or cottage
2 eggs beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley minced
16 oz pasta cooked and drained
30 oz tomato sauce seasoned
1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Methods:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine ricotta cheese,eggs,Parmesan cheese and seasonings. In another bowl thoroughly combine cooked pasta and sauce. Place half the pasta mixture in a 13″ x 9″ baking dish.Evenly top with cheese mixture and remaining pasta.Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.

Courtesy: Recipes Italian


Quick Paella

19 Jan

What’s for dinner tonight???

I’m making Paella!  I’m making a quick style of Paella. It’s great for those days during the week when you’re extra tired and want to eat a home cooked meal.  Only 4 ingredients needed:

  1. Oil
  2. (2) Carolina Classic Pilaf Rice Mix with Seasoning
  3. Trader Joe’s Seafood Blend (blend includes shrimp, calamari rings and bay scallops
  4. Peas

It’s easy, done quick and really yummy.