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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby smitch » Sat May 16, 2020 6:09 pm

Those cookies look lovely.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Amyw » Sat May 16, 2020 7:20 pm

Those cookies or should that be brookies :klingonbanana look divine

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Re: What are you baking this week?

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat May 16, 2020 10:24 pm

Amyw wrote:Those cookies or should that be brookies :klingonbanana look divine

Exactly :yum

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Uschi » Sun May 17, 2020 11:35 am

Oh, lecker, lecker, Debbie!

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby jeral » Sun May 17, 2020 4:30 pm

slimpersoninside, it says the cookies will last 4-5 days. Yeah right...

My address for doggy bag is:

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby slimpersoninside » Mon May 18, 2020 11:17 am

I can confirm the cookies (brookies, I like it!) Are indeed a hit.

If you're partial to brownies they're worth a go. Stick to the recipe would be my advice, that's what I did and they turned out just right (I'm at best a competent baker with no special powers ;) ).

Sorry about the lack of doggy bags, what with covid and all that......... :D .

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon May 18, 2020 11:53 am

I think we're going to give the cream crackers a try today - I think the recipe was posted by a WF camper??

If we do, will report back ....

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Amyw » Mon May 18, 2020 12:59 pm

I was tempted to say crownies but thought brookies sounded better :klingonbanana

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Stokey Sue » Tue May 19, 2020 6:28 pm

I finally got round to baking some falafel
I’m never frying one again - could have cooked slightly less, but they are fine
Might make a half quantity next time
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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby KeenCook2 » Tue May 19, 2020 7:48 pm

Fab, they're so round and perfectly formed! The ones we made yesterday were like little mounds. I'll post a pic if I can do it from my phone.
Would you recommend your recipe? If so, please do share :thumbsup

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby PatsyMFagan » Tue May 19, 2020 7:53 pm

Yesterday I baked another blindingly good wholemeal/white loaf and today had a go at the cream crackers. I will try baking them again and tweak things a bit (roll out thinner ?)

Edited to add ... the crackers are now - well cream crackered ;) :lol: :thumbsup :yum

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Stokey Sue » Tue May 19, 2020 10:39 pm

My recipe is a blend of several - but mainly Madhur Jaffrey’s from Eastern VegetarianCookery
To which I added a tablespoon of light olive oil as I was going to bake them and - this is part of the secret of the shaping - I added a rounded tablespoon of economy instant mashed potato

So what I did (sorry cup measures, but they work for this, as quantities can be very approximate
Ingredients
1. A handful each of green coriander and parsley
2. A smallish onion and a couple of cloves of garlic
3. A tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon
4. A cup of dry chickpeas soaked overnight
5. A dry mix of 2 tsp each ground coriander and cumin, a good teaspoon of salt, a pinch of chilli flakes, a bit of pepper, a level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, the dry instant mash (optional)
Method
Chop the herbs (1) in a food processor and remove to a bowl. Chop the onion and garlic (2) and add to the bowl with (3) the oil and juice to give a wet mix
Put the drained chickpeas in the processor and keep pulsing until finely ground. Add both the wet and dry mixes and pulse a few times to mix
You can bung it all in but you end up with fluorescent green falafel, and the texture isn’t as good

Oil a sheet pan very heavily - use about a quarter cup of oil and spread it out so there’s an obvious wet layer not just a grease film

I used a portion (ice cream) scoop, about 40 ml to get even sized patties and then just shaped them with my fingers, patting them on to the pan to get them flat

I baked them for 15 minutes at 180C fan, turned them, and repeated. Slightly too much - might drop the temperature next time or reduce the time, not sure which would be better

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby KeenCook2 » Tue May 19, 2020 11:30 pm

Brilliant, thanks Sue.
Did I miss something - or do you not cook the chickpeas, just soak them overnight?

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Stokey Sue » Tue May 19, 2020 11:37 pm

No falafel are always made with thoroughly soaked but not pre-cooked chickpeas I usually change the water a couple of times during soaking , if I get around to it

Recipes using canned or boiled chickpeas may make very nice patties or rissoles, but they aren’t falafel

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby KeenCook2 » Wed May 20, 2020 11:57 am

Stokey Sue wrote:No falafel are always made with thoroughly soaked but not pre-cooked chickpeas I usually change the water a couple of times during soaking , if I get around to it

Recipes using canned or boiled chickpeas may make very nice patties or rissoles, but they aren’t falafel


Fascinating!!! I had absolutely no idea!

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby PatsyMFagan » Wed May 20, 2020 2:38 pm

Sakkarin wrote:If you can't find Strong Flour, Tesco's "Stockwell" plain flour (45p for 1.5 kg) makes excellent bread, with a protein level of 10%. I currently have a pack of their their normal plain flour (60p - they were out od Stockwell), which has slightly less protein at 9.9%, but that still seems plenty to make bread. I'll make a test batch today and post a pic. I've also been augmenting my bread with 20% Atta flour recently, and to be honest I prefer it, as it is tastier than plain white bread.

Lidl's plain flour does the job too.


Now that I qualify for home delivery, with a priority slot, I noticed on the Tesco products list some Wholemeal Atta flour. There is a special offer on at the moment £5 ... for 10Kg :o It would take me forever to use a bag that big and then where would I store it ;) :roll:

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Rainbow » Thu May 21, 2020 12:41 am

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Stokey Sue wrote:No falafel are always made with thoroughly soaked but not pre-cooked chickpeas I usually change the water a couple of times during soaking , if I get around to it

Recipes using canned or boiled chickpeas may make very nice patties or rissoles, but they aren’t falafel

I've read that before but rarely make falafels as I've always been disappointed with the results.

Yesterday I tried your recipe, Sue, and it worked really well - thanks :thumbsup

I changed a few things - I gave the chickpeas a shorter, hot water soak and they plumped up really well. I don't have any instant mashed potatoes so I just cooked a small potato in the MW and mashed it up - no hassle at all. Also don't have (or like!!) coriander leaves so I just left them out.
I baked them at 170ºC for 15mins each side and that worked fine in my oven.
In the picture you can see they aren't as neat and tidy as Sue's but I'll definitely be making them again.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Stokey Sue » Thu May 21, 2020 1:12 am

Wow! Result :thumbsup

Yes, I suppose there’s no reason not to use the short hot soak, but I’m stuck in my ways. I’ll bear that in mind in future

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Rainbow » Thu May 21, 2020 4:38 am

Stokey Sue wrote:Wow! Result :thumbsup

Yes, I suppose there’s no reason not to use the short hot soak, but I’m stuck in my ways. I’ll bear that in mind in future

Yes, it was a good result - thanks :thumbsup

I read your post in the morning and wanted to make them that night, so the overnight soak wasn't really an option!! But I often do the short, hot soak - often not
organised enough to soak them in the evening!!

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