Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Baking with Julia: Sesame Bagels

This will have to be quick... I am in the middle of making a Halloween costume for my little niece. Her big brother will be a fireman and she's going to be a Dalmatian :) It will be cute, but I've had to make the fabric from plain white fleece and I'm up to my eyeballs in black felt spots!

So, this week we made bagels. Now, I love bagels but I've never made them. Then again, I live in Montreal where we have world-famous bagels, so I've really never had to make them. But, I figured it was worth a try...

These were pretty simple to make, though the rising time was a bit long. Then again, no longer than my no-knead pizza dough, and my stand mixer did all of the kneading for me, so I didn't mind. I chose to stick with traditional sesame seeds for a topping.

They came together well enough, though my bagel-forming technique leaves a bit to be desired ;) They poofed up quite a bit in the oven, giving a pillowy, dense finished product. Not at all like Montreal bagels, but tasty just the same! I had one with dinner and put a few away in the freezer for later enjoyment.

If you'd like to try your hand at making them yourself, you can find the original recipe here... now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to my sewing! :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Baking with Julia: Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaf

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year, and Halloween my favorite holiday. I fully embrace the omnipresence of pumpkin in everything this time of year, from donuts to soups and pasta sauces to coffee drinks. So of course this bread was right up my alley... brioche-like pumpkin bread with walnuts, cranberries and golden raisins. I've been having it toasted with my morning coffee and just the smell of it toasting is heaven. I found out that it also lends itself to another, rather unexpected, application, as well...