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Applesauce Yeast Bread

Hey, what do you know? Looks like my photography skills are starting to improve! (Or, maybe it’s because I’m using an actual camera -gasp- as opposed to my iPod?)Image

I started this bread at 4:00 this afternoon, and it came out about a half hour ago. Was it worth the wait?Image

Did this little piggy eat 3 slices?

Oh, yes.

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The recipe can be found here. The one and only thing I added (apart from using unsweetened applesauce, but it shows you how to fix that in the recipe anyway) was a preheated pan and boiling water to create steam in the oven. This produces a thick, chewy crust. I adapted this method from The Cook’s Bible by Christopher Kimball. I actually own several of his books, and for those of you who have read them or any of the articles from Cook’s Illustrated magazine, I bet you know just as well as I do: this guy knows what he’s talking about.Image

Okay, that pic could have used a little work. But I was really anxious to eat it after being surrounded by that intoxicatingly phenomenal aroma all day, so … shaddup!

Oh, also, my yeast was a little old, and my house was cold, and blah blah, so my waiting/proofing times and whatnot were a tad bit longer than those in the article. But give or take 15 minutes, and you’ve got yourself a loaf, baby.

Thanks to Champa over at her food blog Versatile Vegetarian Kitchen for the recipe! Definately check out some of her recipes and her page 🙂

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Baking, Information, Low-Cal, Vegan

 

Layered Autumn Porridge

Don’t hate me!

I know… It’s been almost a week since I last posted! I swear I’m not lazy, but I just haven’t found the time to cook at all, not to mention I’ve been working on my food photography abilities (I have none.).
I finally found the time yesterday, however, to capture the taste of autumn (once again in the form of porridge…) In a delightful breakfast even my dad thought looked and sounded pretty good. Enough to ask me when I got home from school what it was I’d had for breakfast.
Please don’t be upset at the lack of a picture. I’m away from home right now, and I’ve been using my parents’ digital camera to improve my desperately in need of improvement photography.

I absolutely adore the way this turned out. I’ve had a love for applesauce since the day I was born (and I constantly substitute it for butter in recipes!), so when my dad casually mentioned he had picked some unsweetened stuff up, I resisted my urge to down the entire jar and spread some on top of my creation. If you wanted, you could play around with the other ingredients, too, and tweak it towards your personal preference. I just love the way cinnamon and vanilla compliment each other, but you could use any fall-spice such as nutmeg, cloves or ginger… But I’m not so sure about replacing the vanilla.

Layered Autumn Porridge
Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup water, or more, depending on how thick you like your porridge
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, more or less to taste, plus a sprinkle mire for garnish
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Splash of milk, dairy or non-dairy, optional
  • Method
    1) Combine oats and water in a small bowl or ramekin. Microwave on high for 45 seconds.
    2) Remove from microwave and cover oats with a layer of cinnamon, then drizzle vanilla overtop. Microwave for 10 more seconds on high.
    3) Spread layer of cold applesauce over your porridge. Microwave once again on high for 45-55 seconds. Serve with a splash of cold milk, soy or other, and enjoy.

     
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    Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Breakfast, Low-Cal, Microwave, Vegan