Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Peanut Bread - #BreadBakers

As you drive along major thoroughfares in Kingston, Jamaica, you'll find several vendors lining the streets. But late evening, when the traffic is at a standstill, the roasted peanut vendors stand out. There's the whistle from their portable ovens and the smell of freshly roasted peanuts filling the air. My mother is a nuts fanatic and would always get her peanuts from one particular vendor on Washington Boulevard. Freshly roasted peanuts are not as popular in our area so she had to get her treat before she left Kingston.

There's only one roasted peanut vendor (that I know of) in our neck of the woods. I'm actually not sure when he comes out. He's not there during the day and I'm not in the area late evenings. I usually only stop by him late at night. It's become a Saturday night ritual for a friend and me. Last Saturday night we bought 5 bags and the peanut man gave us an extra bag. Oh, the joy! And oh the arguments over whom that extra bag belonged to! I conducted the transaction so clearly, it belonged to me, right? Glad we all agree.

Freshly roasted peanuts are featured in this bread. Since we don't all have a peanut man, we'll use our toaster ovens to get us some fragrant, roasted peanuts. The bread calls for a preferment (the theme of this month's Bread Bakers) so you'll have to do some advance planning. Be sure to check out the source recipe. Steve over at Breadcetera got this from the 2005 Coupe du Monde Boulangerie winning team. It's an 84% hydration bread. Bread at that high a hydration requires some skills. I'm not there yet so I reduced it to a bit under 70%. Even if the high hydration isn't your thing, be sure to visit for his beautiful loaf that he shaped like a peanut. Also, he has great lessons on mixing and hydration over there.

Also, be sure to visit the other Bread Bakers and see how they used their preferments. Thanks for hosting, Karen!

Peanut Bread 

20 grams all purpose flour 
165 grams whole wheat flour 
1/8 teaspoon yeast 

Final Dough 
40 grams peanuts
All of the preferment 
365 grams all purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon yeast 
2 teaspoons salt 
255 grams water 


Mix the preferment ingredients together until thoroughly combined then set aside at room temperature for 12 hours. 

Roast the peanuts in a toaster oven at 350F for 5-10 minutes or until browned and fragrant. Cool then ground. Don't turn it into peanut butter!

Combine the preferment, flour, yeast, salt, and 80% of the water. Mix until all the ingredients are incorporated and the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Next, slowly, add the remaining water and then continue mixing until the water is incorporated - about 5 minutes. Finally, add the ground peanuts and mix for about 3 minutes or until they are incorporated. 

Place the dough in an oiled container to bulk ferment for 2 hours. After 30 mins, stretch and fold the dough. Repeat 30 minutes later then leave the dough for the next hour. 

After the dough has fermented, divide the dough into two pieces. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes and then shape each piece into boules. Allow the boules to proof for 45 minutes or until almost doubled. 

When the boules are almost ready, preheat the oven to 450F. Bake for 30 minutes or until each boule registers approximately 200F. Cool and enjoy. 



 #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pumpkin Nut Braid - #FoodieExtravaganza

The stars finally aligned for me to participate in another Foodie Extravaganza! Over the last year (probably longer), there was always something - ingredients that I couldn't find (figs!), time disappearing, or just plain being unable to think of something. But last week I decided that I just had to participate in this month's nuts theme. It's nuts, after all. So many options. So easy. All tasty. I haven't baked bread in several months so I thought I'd use this theme to start playing with dough again. So here's a simple pumpkin nut braid.

Pumpkin Nut Braid

360 grams flour
50 grams sugar
2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
113 grams milk
57 grams water
57 grams butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 egg yolks
1 egg white
1 cup chopped nuts


Knead together all the dough ingredients to form a soft, smooth dough. The dough should not be sticky. Cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled.

While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Mix together the pumpkin, sugar, spices, and egg yolks and then stir in the chopped nuts.

When the dough has risen, divide the dough into two and roll each half into a rectangle that is approximately 12" x  8".  Spread half of the filling in a 3-inch wide strip lengthwise down each dough rectangle. Stop within an inch of the ends.

Make 1-inch cuts along the long sides of the dough cutting from the filling out to the edge. Fold an inch of the bottom of the dough up to help contain the filling. Fold the strips at an angle across the filling overlapping the ends and alternating from side to side.

Transfer the braids to parchment-lined baking sheets and allow to proof until puffy but not quite doubled.

While the braids are proofing, preheat the oven to 350 F.

When the braids are ready, brush with the egg white mixed with a little water. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Place in oven and bake 35-40 minutes or until the braids are golden.

Before you add the yolks to the filling, taste and adjust spices to your liking.
Dough recipe is from King Arthur and filling is slightly adapted from Pillsbury.

See all the other nuts recipes for today's Foodie Extravaganza hosted by Caroline's Cooking:

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Pineapple Coconut Banana Muffins - #MuffinMonday

Upon realising that I'd be using pineapples for another challenge, I immediately decided that I'd use pineapples for Muffin Monday. The decision was sealed when I flipped my calendar to September and noticed that Pineapple Coconut Muffins was the recipe for September. But when I realised that Stacy was sharing pineapple muffins too, I decided to change things up a bit. The next day, a friend stopped by and picked lots of coconuts. He not only picked them, he also husked and removed the meat from the shell. That meant I didn't have to play with the machete nor throw coconuts at the wall. So now coconuts could be added to my pineapple muffins. Later that evening, I realised I had a couple very brown bananas. Well, now it's pineapple, coconut, and banana! Perfection. 

These are actually better than the plain pineapple muffins that I'd made before so thanks universe for making this happen.  The muffins are on the lighter side. The banana flavour is there, the coconut is adding some crunch while the pineapple is subtle. You could perhaps add some pineapple extract to boost the flavour. 

Pineapple Coconut Banana Muffins
Yield - 12 muffins

1 cup brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
1/2 cup mashed banana
1/3 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
1/2 cup oil
2 cups flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


Line a muffin pan with wrappers or grease thoroughly. Preheat oven to 425 F.

Mash together the sugar and banana then add in the pineapple and almond extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and oil and then add to the banana mixture.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients. Mix only until just combined.

Fill each muffin well almost full.

Bake for 5 minutes at 425F then lower oven to 350F. Bake an additional 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. 


Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

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#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday, can be found on our home page.

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