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Big Black Dog: Welcome to the 3rd HBinFive Bread Braid

January 14, 2010

Welcome to the 3rd HBinFive Bread Braid





Whew...glad the holidays are over and I can sort of relax a little bit. I do love celebrating and seeing friends but it can be so trying at times. The old saying There's just not enough hours in a day must have been coined sometime around December 1st because that is when I feel the holiday pressure to get things done and the countdown begins.

I did have a wonderful Christmas and received some very cool kitchen gifts which are my favorite kind of gifts to receive. Yes, I am spoiled...very spoiled. But I did receive one special bread pan that I've wanted for some time now, 9" Pain de Mie bread pan with lid and you can find it at Amazon.com too. The first pan I received was bent and I could not slide the lid and I had to send it back so last week was the first chance I've had to bake in my new pan. So far I love it!


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But it is a bit different baking with the Pain de Mie. First of all you can't see the bread while it baking so I had no idea if the bread was done or not unless I removed the pan from the oven and slide open the lid. And I was not sure just how much dough to put into the pan to get a nice sized loaf. But these small problems will work themselves out and being the bread baked so nicely with the most amazing crust, I will most definitely be using the Pain de Mie again!


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This week for HBinFive we had assigned to make the Master Whole Grain Bread recipe and make a loaf of bread, a shaped bread and Spicy Whole Grain Snack Crackers.


I almost did not finish the Epi because I had an accident with a knife and my thumb was out of commission but I managed to finish it with my left hand. I know the Epi is not perfect but it's done!


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With the wonderful loaf of bread I did serve Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for dinner, making one of my all-time favorites, Grilled Cheese with Brie and a Fresh Slice of Apple. Brie and Fresh Apple is also very good on a hamburger...yummy!



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The Spicy Whole Grain Snack Crackers I served with a big pot of Chili and then made some Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup. Just click on the title to visit the post and recipe.


Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup with Whole Grain Snack Crackers



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37 Comments:

Blogger CMC said...

Hi Michelle....I think your recipes look better than my contribution. But I'm learning.
http://bakingetc.blogspot.com

January 14, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger RJ Flamingo said...

I just ate dinner and you still got me drooling with that brie and apple grilled cheese! Mmmm... Brie and apple...(insert Homer Simpson moan here). And even with an injury, your epi still looks gorgeous! Impressive.

January 14, 2010 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Cristie said...

Michelle,
Your crumb is beauiful. Much lighter than mine- just beautiful. Have you added any oil or honey? I love your new pan, it would be so handy for the perfect loaf. How is your thumb?

January 14, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Teresa Bjork said...

Hi Michelle. I'm having so much fun with these recipes. Thanks so much for all your work to coordinate the group. I've got my pics and results on my blog:

http://homemadeiowalife.blogspot.com/2010/01/hbin5-whole-grain-artisan-bread.html

January 14, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Hi Michelle! Another great bread braid! I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's photos. Your crackers and soup look delicious! Thanks for coordinating all of this.

January 14, 2010 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger The Muse said...

Happy to hear that your new toy is such a delightful workhorse! And though injured (in the line of culinary duty?) that you care enough to share your delicious bread and wholesome insight!

January 14, 2010 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Love the idea of brie and apple sandwiches! I am going to make that one next time! Yum! Your epi looks fine! All of it looks so delicious!

January 14, 2010 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Michelle, a bit slow here...I was looking all over for the whole wheat cracker recipe the other day. Was thrilled when I stopped by today and saw them again...got it. Off to Amazon, hope the book is there along with that bread pan.

There is absolutely no good bread at a price a real person can afford in our little resort village. So, this will be good.

January 14, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

You are inspiring to finally start baking bread at home!

January 14, 2010 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love brie and apple grilled cheese and I love your new pan. I think I may be jealous! It's on my to buy list. All your breads look fantastic. Hope your thumb is feeling better!

January 14, 2010 at 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Natanya said...

Love love love your new pan. Also, your Epi is beautiful - hopefully mine will be more like that next time. Thank you once again for organizing and mentoring all of us.

January 15, 2010 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I've wanted to try one of those pans. I think I might just have to do it, now!

January 15, 2010 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Yay for the bread braid! I can't wait to check out everyone's contributions! Your brie sandwich looks fantastic and I love the crust that you got with that pan. I may need to invest in one of those...

January 15, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Looking really good!

January 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

That bread and toasted cheese sandwiches look so good. Wish I had one right now!

January 15, 2010 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Wow does that brie and apple grilled cheese look good! :-)

January 15, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Your bread looks wonderful. Apple and brie is a favorite here also. Hope your thumb in on the mend.
Mimi

January 15, 2010 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Raelyn said...

Thanks Michelle for this opportunity to make some bread I normally would not have made!

http://bread365.blogspot.com/2010/01/hbin5-bread-challenge-1.html

January 15, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm sorry about your finger! I must have cut myself 3 times during the holidays. Your epi turned out great in spite of your injury! Great looking grilled cheese.

January 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi Michelle! I just linked up mine. It was fun!

January 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl B. said...

Michelle, several different things I wanted to comment about came to mind while reading this posting, and then as I was scrolling down to click to comment, I scan read some of the names of the people that linked up. What fun!!! So many people's blog names make me laugh! Such as? "Go ahead and snicker" or "lollipop kids". Such creativity! :-D

While reading about how the pan seals, so you weren't sure how much to put in it, etc., it brought to mind something I've tried, and for the most part not had much success with - the long, capped, shaped, loaf pans like to make fancy tea sandwich breads with. Have you ever used them? Any tips? Right now they are all bagged up and put away. I did have a couple of loafs turn out. But I also had a couple of them which overspilled all over the oven, and a couple that didn't even equal half of a loaf when finished ... bother!

Your grilled cheese sandwiches look tasty! Earlier today I had a hankerin for a grilled ham and colby jack cheese sandwich, with just a thin layer of Miracle Whip and a slice of fresh tomato added before the sandwich was grilled ... now I might need to get the ingredients for both varietys of sanwiches o;-p

then again, chili has been sounding good to .... and I have wanted to play with my "family recipe" a bit ....

girl. maybe I should stop reading your postings ... ;-p!!!!

January 15, 2010 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Fresh Local and Best said...

The Pain de Mie bread pan is quite interesting! Epi looks beautiful. Sorry to hear about the injury!

January 15, 2010 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

What a terrific pan! I love you apple sandwiches so much as well! :)

January 15, 2010 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I love the brie sandwiches! I have a wheel of brie in my fridge that is calling my name now. Thanks so much for organizing such a wonderful group :D It is so much fun reading and looking at everyone's posts today.

January 15, 2010 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Heather B said...

Love the apple and brie grilled cheese! Great job on all that you made!

January 15, 2010 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Brie and apples? Sounds really, really good - and something that could only be improved by homemade bread. :)

January 15, 2010 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger JanKnitz said...

Whoo Hoo, did it!

Thanks for organizing all of this Michelle!

January 16, 2010 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Femalechef said...

So are so great at everything you do and thanks for teaching us the ropes. Beautiful blog girlfriend!!! Always look forward to your surprises........beautful breads and pictures.

January 16, 2010 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

everything you made looks absolutely delicious! i especially love that sandwich, mmmm. fun week!

January 16, 2010 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Jay said...

That bread tin looks most interesting! And the brie and apple sounds nice, too. I love brie and cranberry, so apple would be good as well.

I checked out your dog biscuit recipe - very similar to the liver cake we make, and yes, the do love it, don't they?

January 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Cheryl,

I replied to Cheryl via email but I thought someone else might be interested.

Sorry but I've no experience baking bread in bread tubes. Do you have the Pampered Chef tubes? I've wanted to try so am looking on Ebay and theres quite a few listed. Also there's some glass baking tubes from Corning too. If I win any auctions I will try out the dough and let you know how it goes. Are there directions with your tubes?


Michelle

January 16, 2010 at 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Wow! That apple and brie grilled cheese looks fantastic.

January 16, 2010 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Phew! Finally got all three breads done! Well, not with complete succes, but done nonetheless. Yours look amazing as usual :)

January 17, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Hi Michelle,

Your photos are amazing, and that sandwich looks delicious.

Thank you again for pulling us all together. I learned so much about how to attack the crackers recipe from our google group!

January 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Sophie said...

Hi Michelle,

Your breads look so amazing & so tasteful too!

MMMMM,.....GRAND pictures too!

January 17, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I just realized I've been so busy checking out everyone's entries that I forgot to leave our "ring leader" a comment (doh!)! How fun that you got to play with a new "toy". It would bug me not being able to see it though...and your grilled cheese...I've never seen it made with apple ....that sounds fantastic!! BTW, how did you get the cute little edges on your crackers? so cute!!

January 18, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Aparna said...

I'm happy I could manage to meet the 15th deadline this month. Really glad I'm a part of this group.
Sorry, I'm a little late with linking up this month.

January 20, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

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