Tuesday, February 7

TWD is BACK! White Loaves

I'm so happy to be baking along with all you ladies and gents again!

For the first recipe of the new book, the white loaves were a great choice. Personally, I needed a good rebound from those flipping marshmallows. The dough came together so easily, wasn't too sticky, and even after the butter was incorporated it was nice and pliable. I chose to knead partially by hand because I'm paranoid about overheating my KitchenAid. What would I do without it?! 

I probably could have left the bread in the oven for a little longer to get more of a golden color but honestly it smelled so good, I just wanted to get the bread out so I could have some. When rolling it out I added a layer of Parmesan cheese, which made a nice (small) swirl through the bread. It's been fantastic for sandwiches and grilled cheese. The crumb is nice and fine but it's not too dense either. Bottom line: I'm very happy with this and will be making it again soon!

For the recipe, visit either Jules or Laurie's blogs at Slush or Someone's In the Kitchen

As for the Marshmallows...

These turned out to be a hot mess. I can see how they could be delicious, but I would definitely need to practice juggling the several components before making these again. I had to take my sugar syrup off the burner a time or two because the egg whites weren't where they needed to be. In the end I had a little layer of gelatin that separated out of the bottom of the 'mallows. After smelling the liquid gelatin and re-reading all the Ps&Qs it was just not appetizing. I ate some of the meringue off the tops but that's only because I went through the trouble to make a caramel swirl for them.

Le sigh...I might make these again when my kitchen is big enough to handle the mess.