Ice Cream Flavor of the Week: Dexter’s Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream

Black & White Chocolate Cake for Bobbie

This ice cream was inspired by the first episode of season 3 of Showtime’s Dexter. If you watch the show, you know that chocolate pudding played a big role in this episode. (At least from my perspective, my husband didn’t even remember it).

I had left-over chocolate pudding  from a layer-cake I made for my secretary’s birthday and swirled it into a non-custard based chocolate ice cream. In retrospect I probably should have used a vanilla ice cream as you could barely see the chocolate pudding and it was way toooo chocolatey for my taste.

World Bread Day 2008: Anadama Bread

I am a bread baker. I make the bread my family eats. This sounds strange to me. Although the ingredients are very simple, the process always seemed too mysterious, too magical. This year I’ve fallen {hard} in love with baking. I’m still a beginner, learning and experimenting my way through pounds and pounds of flour.

Always on the look out for new challenges, I’ve decided to participate in World Bread Day today. I made anadama bread, using a formula from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread.

I was unaware of anadama bread prior to buying and reading this book. Apparently this is a popular bread on the East Coast, particularly New England. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and for the most part have lived in California my whole life. The story of the creation of this bread involves an angry husband, cornmeal mush, and molasses. You can read about it here.

The formula was pretty straightforward and didn’t involve a lot of hands on time. It does take 2 days due to creating a ‘soaker’ of 6 ounces of coarse cornmeal and 8 ounces of water on Day 1.

Anadama Bread (Baker’s Precentage Formula)

Adapted from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice

Soaker:

  • Cornmeal     100%
  • Water     133%

Dough:

  • Bread flour     100%
  • Instant yeast     1.1%
  • Soaker     69.1%
  • Water     39.5%
  • Salt     1.9%
  • Molasses     19.8%
  • Unsalted butter     4.9%
  1. On Day 1, create the soaker by mixing the water and cornmeal together in a small bowl. Cover and let stand overnight at room temperature.
  2. The next day, mix half the flour, yeast, soaker, and water in large mixing bowl. Cover and let ferment for approximately an hour or until mixture starts to bubble.
  3. Add rest of flour, the salt, molasses, and butter; Mix on low speed using paddle attachment until ingredients form a ball. Add flour or water if necessary. Flour–if it is too wet; Water–if it is too dry.
  4. Switch to dough hook and knead on medium speed for 6 to 8 minutes until dough is firm but supple and pliable. The dough temperature should read 77 to 81 degrees F on an instant read thermometer.
  5. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and let the dough ferment for 90 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
  6. Remove the dough from bowl and divide it into equal portions. Shape into loaves and place into lightly oiled bread pans. Mist tops of loaves with spray oil and cover.
  7. Proof for 60 to 90 minutes, or until loaves have crested and risen above the top of the pans.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap from loaves, mist with spray oil, and sprinkle tops with cornmeal. Place bread pans on sheet pan.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes. Rotate 180 degrees and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until loaves are a golden brown and the internal temperature reads 185 to 190 degrees F on an instant read thermometer. The loaves will sound hollow when you thunk them on the bottom.
  10. When done, remove immediately from pans and cool on wire rack for at least an hour.

Overall, this bread was yummy and satisfying. It made great sandwich bread. The cornmeal added great texture and heartiness. The molasses added a deeper flavor compared to white sandwich bread. I will definately make this bread again.

{TWD} Lenox Almond Biscotti

Recipe #283

I left home and had a thoroughly relaxing  weekend in the desert. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the company wonderful. My friend D is expecting her first baby in December and we decided to do a girl’s weekend of sun, spa, and relaxation. The final group was smaller than we planned, but it ended up being perfect.

After dinner on Friday and just the right amount of margaritas and virgin margaritas we decided to run to the grocery store (Bristol Farms) and ended up spending $100 on the ingredients for French toast (plus a couple pints of ice cream and other treats). On Saturday, we spent the day at the spa at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Spa Resort. I’ve been to a lot of spas and this one was great. If you are ever in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage area, I strongly encourage you to check it out. Another great discovery was Zin American Bistro, the restaurant where we went out for dinner that night. I had the “very adult macaroni and cheese” and it was exceptional.

My original plan was to make this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe for this weekend. I had a busy week baking two cakes for two different work celebrations and by the time Friday rolled around I was done baking. I decided to make the Lenox Almond Biscotti, chosen by Gretchen of Canela & Comino, when I returned from my weekend. This was my first time making biscotti. They were super-duper easy to make–if I knew how easy I would have gone ahead and made them on Friday. I used whole-wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose and they turned out wonderful. The perfect crunch and flavor. Yum!

Ice Cream Flavor of the Week: Roasted Banana Ice Cream

Recipe #276

If you love bananas, you will love this ice cream. The intense flavor is brought out by roasting bananas for 40 minutes in the oven with a bit of butter and brown sugar. After roasting, the bananas and the resulting caramel-ly syrup are pureed in a blender with milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. That’s it, easy-peasy!  😛 Even with out eggs, it’s very creamy and smooth.