February 1, 2010

An Apple Strudel Loaf And Some Whole Wheat Buns: Baking From ABin5

It’s the first day of the second month of this year and as usual I seem to have missed a bread baking deadline I set for myself. Missing these blog related deadlines seems to be happening a lot to me, these days, and I really need to organize things better so that it doesn’t become the norm rather than the exception!
I have valid excuses for all this (who doesn’t?) but that doesn’t change much. I don’t usually commit to do something if I know I cannot see it through and am very uncomfortable if I cannot meet deadlines (even unimportant ones) I set for myself.

One such commitment I made to myself was by joining the HBin5/ ABin5 group to bake my way through the breads in the book. As I mentioned before, this group is very flexible about what we bake, when we bake or even if do not bake at all!
Nor was it going to make the slightest difference to anything in the general scheme of things if I didn’t keep to this deadline. Last time I just managed to miss it, so this time I promised myself I would have it done on time.

The plan was to make the 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread dough (page 76 of ABin5) and use this dough to make one or all (or even some other bread) of a sandwich loaf, hamburger buns or hotdog rolls and an apple strudel loaf.

So about 5 days ago, I mixed up the dough and put it in the fridge. I would go to bed every night with plans to bake bread the next morning but that never happened, till yesterday when I discovered I would be missing my self-set deadline if I didn’t do something about the whole wheat dough in my fridge!
So I decided I would limit myself to making the burger buns and the exotic sounding apple strudel loaf.

That’s when I discovered that my ABin5 didn’t have a recipe for the apple strudel loaf. A chance conversation with RenĂ©e ( a friend, fellow food blogger and HBin5 bread baker) on Twitter ended with her mailing me the recipe from her copy of HBin5.
I still had over half the day to bake my bread and I had some very creative ideas to be “different” with my apple strudel loaf. I got to work with the dough and the buns were easy enough to shape.

I started working on shaping the strudel loaf and lets just say that creativity flew out of the window leaving me with some very sticky apple-walnut-raisin crusted cinnamony mess on my palms and kitchen counter.
So I just scraped all the “goop” off the counter and dumped it into my loaf tin and put it in the oven.



Turned out the bread was done (should I say almost burnt?) in about 35 minutes instead of the 50 to 60 minutes in the recipe. It was just by chance that I decided to check on the bread and was able to rescue it.

All the excitement brought about by the “last-minuteness” of my bread baking effort made me forget that I had halved the original recipe and should have adjusted the baking time accordingly! I also forgot to sprinkle sesame seeds on my burger buns before putting them into the oven



Despite all my near disasters, one thing that shined through this baking effort was the recipe for the 100% Whole Wheat bread.
This dough is sweetened with honey and even though they were slightly dense, the burger buns were very soft and tasty. I am the only one in my home who likes whole wheat bread (or healthy bread as my daughter refers to it) but this one was a hit.

I’m not sure I would attempt the apple strudel loaf again. I had no problems with “wet” spots from the apple that many fellow bakers and and my bread baked into a somewhat cake-like but chewy bread dotted with fruit and walnuts.
While these lent a nice apple strudel flavour to the bread, I think I prefer my bread to be just bread and the apples in a real strudel. This is just a matter of personal preference, because my mother liked this bread while my daughter took a look at it and refused it.

I am not posting the recipes for copyright reasons as we are baking our way through the book, so I’ll just leave you with this account of my kitchen adventures until my next set of ABin5 breads.

39 comments:

The Cooking Ninja said...

hmmm...I have to get my hands on that book soon. I think my sis in law would love this book. I'll order one for her.

Indhu said...

the apple loaf looks yummy.. I tried baking with apples once... and faced the problem of wet spots... I guess I should have baked the cake for a longer period of time

Michelle said...

So happy that the WW bread worked out for you! I love making homemade buns for hot dog or hamburgers, just makes them so special!

simplyfood said...

The bread and the buns look delicious.

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow! Both the loaf and the buns look so perfect!

RJ Flamingo said...

Well, your rolls look marvelous, and I think your strudel bread came out looking quite neat! Happy to have been of service, Madame. I think. ;-)

jayasri said...

The apple strudel loaf and the buns look appealing I do not know how it is baked, I think they are lovely...

petra said...

Near disasters or even disasters are not always a bad thing. It makes us try something different the next time around and who knows what keppers can come out of those. It looks like you pulled your loaf out in time. Did you like it?

Bonnie said...

Your hamburger buns are so pretty. I like the color on them. Ilike the buns better than the strudel bread and I agree with you. I'll take the strudel-minus the bread.

Joanne said...

I think we all have those days where we mean to get something done and it just doesn't happen. Those rolls look fantastic!

Heather B said...

Your bread looks delicious! Great job!

Cristie said...

Your buns look wonderful, seeds or no seeds- you should feel great about them! I haven't tried buns yet and am so impressed with those that have!!

Kim said...

I'm the only one who likes the healthy bread in my house too! The buns sure look delicious:D

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Thanks for sharing your near disasters. I had some actual disasters this time. A tunnel in the dough to be exact.

Manggy said...

Oh, that sounds and looks so nice. I love apples. Must have this book!

jayasree said...

Though your post made an intersting read, I can imagine what you must have gone through. And the end result doesn't show like it had neared the disaster mark.

Ria Mathew said...

Just can't believe that you had probs with the first loaf! It looks so good! :) The bun looks fluffy to me, not dense, maybe because I haven't seen a cross section of it. Very good attempt!

Happy Cook said...

Good that you looked into the oven early otherwise you would have had a real burned one after 60 mints.
Still that loaf look yumm. Love those whole wheat buns too.These days I hardly join up in any event and if i do i still forget to sen them the mail with the details and pic.

Anita said...

Yum - this looks great
I'd love to bake more bread... I'd love more time to bake many things.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Sounds like what happens to me when I get all flustered about my cooking! Good for you that everything still came out alright! Even better that those buns were a hit!

Elwood said...

I thought the apple loaf looked great. And the hamburger buns looked nice.

Srivalli said...

wow looks great aparna!..even though you seem to have missed something, the amount of baking you do, sounds too much for me.heheheh.

Nutrimill Grain said...

I've never had buns turn out well, I hope that with some of your tips I can make 'em work this weekend! Thanks for the post, I'll give it another try!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

The loaf looks gorgoeus and nutritious too... The bun has come out really well... Nice ones, warm buns with a bowl of soup oh my that will soothe the soul!!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I think you did very well with both recipes!

Judy's Bakery & Test Kitchen said...

Everything looks yummy.

I know how it is when you are in a rush! Zoe just told me that my bagels probably fell apart because I boiled them 2 minutes on the second side, instead of only one. I just wanted to finish the recipe, and didn't read things carefully!

Great job. Saw your strudel recipes, but I didn't see how you made your dough. What did you use?

Chow and Chatter said...

you doing great Apna, love the buns, the WW master recipe has no eggs its my fav one

sra said...

Like the idea of an apple strudel cake - I made an apple strudel once, in my baking days, can you believe it!

bake in paris said...

Seems like you are having a good time with this HBin5/ ABin5 group... Keep it up, apple strudel loaf looks delicious!

Sawadee from Bangkok,
Kris

Curry Leaf said...

Wow,love the strudel loaf.Wish i had the recipe.It seems you are into too much baking this year Aparna,enjoy it.

Jenny said...

The rolls were a definite hit here. Everyone loved them--right down to the kids. My son is so picky about what he will even try, but had no problem polishing off his share of the rolls! Wound up having to bake a second batch to make it to dinner with them.
~Jenny~

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diva said...

I think i agree with you. I like my bread fairly traditional so apple not in a streudel but in a bread-sorta confuses me loads but then don't we foodies all love to experiment. It still looks so very delicious to me! And bread sweetened with honey? Oh lush. I'm gonna go have honey on toast now to stop the cravings. x

Asha said...

Bread baking involves lot of stuff. Most of the time we bake perfect and sometimes it would be disaster, just like life! :)

Buns look okay, not bad at all. Whole Wheat always makes any bread a bit denser than white flour but always healthier.

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vivari said...

my son would love this one
he loves cakes and breads
vivari

Shri said...

Loved the bread!!Its a complete pleasure reading your blog Aparna!

Danielle said...

I'm cracking up at the strudel...It looks really good even though you weren't able to roll it. I bet having everything everywhere was good. Your buns look great! I didn't put seeds on my buns either but that was cuz my family (especially the hubs) wouldn't have liked them.

Aparna said...

Pamela, if you enjoy baking bread, this is a good book to get.

Indhu, have no idea why that happens. Maybe something to do with the variety of apples.........

Renee, you certainly helped.

True, Petra. Yes it wasn't oo bad though I wouldn't say it's a favourite. :)

Hearing about tunnels for the first time, Cathy.

If you like baking bread Mark, you should get it.

F, I'm not into events much myself. Don't have the time. :( But joined this group so I would bake from Abin5.

Appreciate your thinking of me for that award, Vaishali.

Thanks Asha. Got the i.d from Cahm and wrote to them.

Lien said...

How brave of you to bake through a whole book!! I have their first book, which is nice to bake from once in a while. looking forward to see how these new recipes work out.