Monthly Archives: February 2010

Chocolate Ganache Brioche

I managed to make this bread without adding butter in the dough or the ganache.  This brioche is not vegan though as the dough contains eggs and I used regular chocolate. 

Dough Ingredients:

  • Warm water: 3/4 cups
  • Yeast: 1 packet
  • Salt: 2tsp
  • Eggs: 4
  • Sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Apple sauce: 1 cup
  • Flour: 3 3/4 cups

Dough Directions:

  • Mix the yeast and the warm water together then add the rest of the ingredients together to make the dough
  • Keep extra flour on hand in case the dough is too wet
  • The dough should not stick to the hand after mixing but not dry
  • Put the dough covered with plastic wrap in a warm oven with a tray of hot water to rise for 2 hours
  • After first rise, store the dough in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.  The dough will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator

Chocolate Ganache (for a 1 pound dough)

  • Semi-sweet chocolate: 1/4 pound
  • Apple sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Cocoa powder: 4 tsp
  • Rum: 1 tbsp

Chocolate Ganache Directions:

  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave then add in the rest of the ingredients

Making the bread:

  • Roll the dough out to a rectangle
  • Spread the chocolate ganache filling in the middle of the dough leaving about a 1 inch border all around
  • Roll the dough starting at the short end of the rectangle
  • Shape the dough into an oval and use oven rising method to rest the dough for 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Take the dough out of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Use one egg white and brush the egg white on top of the bread
  • Sprinkle some sugar on top of the bread
  • Bake the bread for 45 minutes

Option: melt more chocolate and spread it on top of the baked bread before serving for even richer chocolate flavor.

My New Bed

After years of sleeping on the ground, I finally got a real bed.  This is a really soft bed and big enough for me to strech out my four paws.  One complaint I have is that this bed gets quite hot, which causes me to wake up and pant in the middle of the night.  Nevertheless, I still love it.  Big soft bed here I come!

Pesto Pine Nut Bread

I decided to try baking my own whole wheat bread at home instead of buying them from health food stores.  I like to know what goes into my food!

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour: 1 cup
  • Spelt flour: 1 cup
  • All purpose flour: 1.5 cup
  • Yeast: 1 packet
  • Salt: 3 tsp
  • Wheat gluten: 1 tbsp
  • Water: 1.75 cups
  • Pesto: 1/2 cup
  • Pine Nuts: 1/2 cup
  • Minced garlic: 2 tbsp

Directions:

  • Mix all the ingredients together
  • Keep extra all-purpose flour on hand and add if the dough looks too wet
  • The dough should not stick hands but not dry
  • Put the dough in a container and cover with plastic wrap
  • Heat the oven to the lowest allowable temperature.
  • Once the oven reaches the temperature (170 degrees), turn the oven off
  • Take a bowl or baking tray and fill with hot tap water and put into the oven
  • Put the dough into the oven and let it rise for 2 hours
  • After 2 hours of rising, put dough into the refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours for easy handling.  The dough can be kept refrigerated for up to a week
  • When ready to bake, separate the dough into 1 pound loaves
  • Shape the dough into oval shape and use the same rising method above and let the dough rest for 90 minutes
  • Take the dough out of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees for baking
  • Make some diagonal slits on the top of the loaves before putting the dough into the oven
  • Put a tray of hot water into the oven and bake the bread for 40 minutes

The smell of this bread was just incredible!