Welcome to the 3rd HBinFive Bread Braid

by Michelle on January 14, 2010

Whew…glad the holidays are over and I can sort of relax a little bit. I do love celebrating and seeing friends but it can be so trying at times. The old saying There’s just not enough hours in a day must have been coined sometime around December 1st because that is when I feel the holiday pressure to get things done and the countdown begins.

I did have a wonderful Christmas and received some very cool kitchen gifts which are my favorite kind of gifts to receive. Yes, I am spoiled…very spoiled. But I did receive one special bread pan that I’ve wanted for some time now, 9″ Pain de Mie bread pan with lid and you can find it at Amazon.com too. The first pan I received was bent and I could not slide the lid and I had to send it back so last week was the first chance I’ve had to bake in my new pan. So far I love it!

But it is a bit different baking with the Pain de Mie. First of all you can’t see the bread while it baking so I had no idea if the bread was done or not unless I removed the pan from the oven and slide open the lid. And I was not sure just how much dough to put into the pan to get a nice sized loaf. But these small problems will work themselves out and being the bread baked so nicely with the most amazing crust, I will most definitely be using the Pain de Mie again!

This week for HBinFive we had assigned to make the Master Whole Grain Bread recipe and make a loaf of bread, a shaped bread and Spicy Whole Grain Snack Crackers.

I almost did not finish the Epi because I had an accident with a knife and my thumb was out of commission but I managed to finish it with my left hand. I know the Epi is not perfect but it’s done!

With the wonderful loaf of bread I did serve Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for dinner, making one of my all-time favorites, Grilled Cheese with Brie and a Fresh Slice of Apple. Brie and Fresh Apple is also very good on a hamburger…yummy!

The Spicy Whole Grain Snack Crackers I served with a big pot of Chili and then made some Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup. Just click on the title to visit the post and recipe.

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup with Whole Grain Snack Crackers

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  • CMC January 15, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Hi Michelle….I think your recipes look better than my contribution. But I’m learning.
    http://bakingetc.blogspot.com

  • RJ Flamingo January 15, 2010 at 1:32 am

    I just ate dinner and you still got me drooling with that brie and apple grilled cheese! Mmmm… Brie and apple…(insert Homer Simpson moan here). And even with an injury, your epi still looks gorgeous! Impressive.

  • Cristie January 15, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Michelle,
    Your crumb is beauiful. Much lighter than mine- just beautiful. Have you added any oil or honey? I love your new pan, it would be so handy for the perfect loaf. How is your thumb?

  • Teresa Bjork January 15, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Hi Michelle. I’m having so much fun with these recipes. Thanks so much for all your work to coordinate the group. I’ve got my pics and results on my blog:

    http://homemadeiowalife.blogspot.com/2010/01/hbin5-whole-grain-artisan-bread.html

  • Cathy (breadexperience) January 15, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Hi Michelle! Another great bread braid! I’m looking forward to checking out everyone’s photos. Your crackers and soup look delicious! Thanks for coordinating all of this.

  • The Muse January 15, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Happy to hear that your new toy is such a delightful workhorse! And though injured (in the line of culinary duty?) that you care enough to share your delicious bread and wholesome insight!

  • Ezzie January 15, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Love the idea of brie and apple sandwiches! I am going to make that one next time! Yum! Your epi looks fine! All of it looks so delicious!

  • Nancy January 15, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Michelle, a bit slow here…I was looking all over for the whole wheat cracker recipe the other day. Was thrilled when I stopped by today and saw them again…got it. Off to Amazon, hope the book is there along with that bread pan.

    There is absolutely no good bread at a price a real person can afford in our little resort village. So, this will be good.

  • Kathleen January 15, 2010 at 4:24 am

    You are inspiring to finally start baking bread at home!

  • Megan January 15, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I love brie and apple grilled cheese and I love your new pan. I think I may be jealous! It’s on my to buy list. All your breads look fantastic. Hope your thumb is feeling better!

  • Pam January 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve wanted to try one of those pans. I think I might just have to do it, now!

  • Joanne January 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Yay for the bread braid! I can’t wait to check out everyone’s contributions! Your brie sandwich looks fantastic and I love the crust that you got with that pan. I may need to invest in one of those…

  • kat January 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Looking really good!

  • Kat January 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    That bread and toasted cheese sandwiches look so good. Wish I had one right now!

  • Tracy January 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Wow does that brie and apple grilled cheese look good! :-)

  • Mimi January 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Your bread looks wonderful. Apple and brie is a favorite here also. Hope your thumb in on the mend.
    Mimi

  • Raelyn January 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks Michelle for this opportunity to make some bread I normally would not have made!

    http://bread365.blogspot.com/2010/01/hbin5-bread-challenge-1.html

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen January 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I’m sorry about your finger! I must have cut myself 3 times during the holidays. Your epi turned out great in spite of your injury! Great looking grilled cheese.

  • Jennifer January 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Michelle! I just linked up mine. It was fun!

  • Cheryl B. January 16, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Michelle, several different things I wanted to comment about came to mind while reading this posting, and then as I was scrolling down to click to comment, I scan read some of the names of the people that linked up. What fun!!! So many people’s blog names make me laugh! Such as? “Go ahead and snicker” or “lollipop kids”. Such creativity! 😀

    While reading about how the pan seals, so you weren’t sure how much to put in it, etc., it brought to mind something I’ve tried, and for the most part not had much success with – the long, capped, shaped, loaf pans like to make fancy tea sandwich breads with. Have you ever used them? Any tips? Right now they are all bagged up and put away. I did have a couple of loafs turn out. But I also had a couple of them which overspilled all over the oven, and a couple that didn’t even equal half of a loaf when finished … bother!

    Your grilled cheese sandwiches look tasty! Earlier today I had a hankerin for a grilled ham and colby jack cheese sandwich, with just a thin layer of Miracle Whip and a slice of fresh tomato added before the sandwich was grilled … now I might need to get the ingredients for both varietys of sanwiches o;-p

    then again, chili has been sounding good to …. and I have wanted to play with my “family recipe” a bit ….

    girl. maybe I should stop reading your postings … ;-p!!!!

  • Fresh Local and Best January 16, 2010 at 2:59 am

    The Pain de Mie bread pan is quite interesting! Epi looks beautiful. Sorry to hear about the injury!

  • theUngourmet January 16, 2010 at 3:17 am

    What a terrific pan! I love you apple sandwiches so much as well! :)

  • Kim January 16, 2010 at 3:44 am

    I love the brie sandwiches! I have a wheel of brie in my fridge that is calling my name now. Thanks so much for organizing such a wonderful group 😀 It is so much fun reading and looking at everyone’s posts today.

  • Heather B January 16, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Love the apple and brie grilled cheese! Great job on all that you made!

  • Megan January 16, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Brie and apples? Sounds really, really good – and something that could only be improved by homemade bread. :)

  • JanKnitz January 16, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Whoo Hoo, did it!

    Thanks for organizing all of this Michelle!

  • Femalechef January 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    So are so great at everything you do and thanks for teaching us the ropes. Beautiful blog girlfriend!!! Always look forward to your surprises……..beautful breads and pictures.

  • teresa January 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    everything you made looks absolutely delicious! i especially love that sandwich, mmmm. fun week!

  • Jay January 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    That bread tin looks most interesting! And the brie and apple sounds nice, too. I love brie and cranberry, so apple would be good as well.

    I checked out your dog biscuit recipe – very similar to the liver cake we make, and yes, the do love it, don’t they?

  • Michelle January 17, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Cheryl,

    I replied to Cheryl via email but I thought someone else might be interested.

    Sorry but I’ve no experience baking bread in bread tubes. Do you have the Pampered Chef tubes? I’ve wanted to try so am looking on Ebay and theres quite a few listed. Also there’s some glass baking tubes from Corning too. If I win any auctions I will try out the dough and let you know how it goes. Are there directions with your tubes?

    Michelle

  • Erica January 17, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Wow! That apple and brie grilled cheese looks fantastic.

  • Joanna January 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Phew! Finally got all three breads done! Well, not with complete succes, but done nonetheless. Yours look amazing as usual :)

  • Tara January 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Your photos are amazing, and that sandwich looks delicious.

    Thank you again for pulling us all together. I learned so much about how to attack the crackers recipe from our google group!

  • Sophie January 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Your breads look so amazing & so tasteful too!

    MMMMM,…..GRAND pictures too!

  • Danielle January 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I just realized I’ve been so busy checking out everyone’s entries that I forgot to leave our “ring leader” a comment (doh!)! How fun that you got to play with a new “toy”. It would bug me not being able to see it though…and your grilled cheese…I’ve never seen it made with apple ….that sounds fantastic!! BTW, how did you get the cute little edges on your crackers? so cute!!

  • Aparna January 21, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I’m happy I could manage to meet the 15th deadline this month. Really glad I’m a part of this group.
    Sorry, I’m a little late with linking up this month.

  • girlichef May 24, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Um…better late than never??? Sorry, I got way behind while on hiatus, but I’m making my way back =)

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