Thursday, December 20, 2007
Check out my buns!
Check out my beautiful french buns! As you know, it's been raining in LA and I have felt the need for coziness. So I needed to bake! I found a recipe for french buns that didn't take four days to make (although they may have been better if they had). These beautiful buns are the result. I got the recipe from "The Practical Encyclopedia of Baking". Sounds boring but has some wonderful recipes. Baking is just like cooking. You need to try it out one time, then tweak the recipe for your own taste.
The recipe said to put a "roasting pan" in the oven and then preheat to 450 degrees. It then said to add a cup of water to the roasting pan when I am ready to put the buns in the oven. I asked Noah to help me and gave him the job of pouring the water in the roasting pan. As soon as he started pouring in the water, the glass Pyrex shattered into a thousand pieces! Holy shit! We were both standing in the line of fire and I'm surprised one of us didn't end up in the ER with shrapnel injuries! After a long oven clean out, we started over and had success! I think the roasting pan with the water made the oven have more moisture as the bread baked thereby creating a more moist inside with a nice crispy crust.
Noah made a pan seared Lake Superior whitefish with pan sauteed brussel sprouts, radishes, and bacon. We watched "The Order of the Phoenix" and then he made roasted lamb loin with baby heirloom carrots and quinoa with hen-of-the-wood mushrooms. He is such a sweet guy. He loves to cook and has rarely made the same dish twice since we started our relationship. If I offer my help he will put me to work picking parsley or peeling vegetables. Otherwise he lets me sit at the computer sipping wine while he cooks. I feel bad because I rarely have the chance to reciprocate my knowledge for his. Sure, I've steri-stripped his surf induced foot lacerations and disinfected and bandaged many a burn. But he provides his gift to me on a daily basis. It's interesting that we both chose careers in the service industry.
If you have suggestion on how I could have made my buns a little lighter and fluffier, let me know. I would love to be able to bake better than my husband!