Welcome to the 4th HBinFive Bread Braid

by Michelle on February 1, 2010

I know..I really pushed the envelope this week HBinFive’s Soft Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread! But I had so much fun in the process!

And I had just enough of the laminated dough left over from the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza to make six Pocket Apple-Cranberry Pies and oh were they good! And I used my 5″ Dough Press which always does such a great job and it’s so easy to use. I filled the Pocket Pies with a mix of Chopped Apple, Fresh Cranberries, Cinnamon, Granular Artificial Sweetener and Chopped Pecans.

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To make the Pocket Pies:

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The Dough Press is actually two tools in one. On one side there is a cutting edge similar to a cookie cutter and you can cut a disk of dough. And on the other side is a crimping edge where you can crimp the dough and form a moon-shaped Pocket.

1. Roll out the dough to about 1/8″ thick.

2. Press the cutting edge into the dough and cut a disk of dough. Flip the Dough Press over and position the disk of dough so that it’s adequately covering the Crimping Edge.

3. Sprinkle about a 1/2 tsp cornmeal or semolina on the filling area of the dough. The cornmeal/semolina helps to soak up any juices released during baking and keeps the bottom crispy.

4. Then add 2 TBL of filling on just one side of dough disk, making sure that no filling is spilling into the edges that are going to be crimped together.

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5. Brush egg wash on the edges.

6. Using the hinge, flip one side of the Dough Press over the other and with both hands press, lightly but firmly, making sure that the crimped edge is completely sealed.

7. Place the Pockets on a parchment lined baking sheet.

8. Brush the Pocket with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar or topping of your choice.

9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until the Pocket is a nice golden brown.

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With the rest of the Soft Whole Grain Sandwich Dough I made a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza and Angelo’s Coney Island Hot Dogs served on a homemade Bun. If you’d like to read more about these recipes, just click on the below titles to visit the post.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

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Angelo’s Coney Island Hot Dog

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  • Ezzie February 1, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Looks great Michelle! I didn’t even think of using my pocket maker! Love getting ideas from you and all our other members!

  • lisaschaos February 1, 2010 at 2:59 am

    You are trying to make me hungry! I was thinking those pockets looked so very professional then you shared your secret, lol.

  • Barbara Bakes February 1, 2010 at 3:05 am

    It all looks so perfect and yummy! These are the first homemade hot dog buns I’ve seen. How fun!

  • Kathleen February 1, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Michell, those pies are unbelievably impressive!

  • Urban Breadmachine February 1, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Your mini pies look like another delicious way to use up some apples when we go apple picking next year.

    Your cornstarch tip is awesome, I’m going to try that the next time I make homemade Stromboli. I like ot stuff them with lots of fresh spinach, onion, and sun dried tomatoes and they quickly get soggy after we cut them open. I bet that cornstarch would help!

  • Kim February 1, 2010 at 4:35 am

    I love the pocket pies Michelle! This was such a wonderful dough to work with. I really loved this challenge. That coney dog looks amazing;D

  • RJ Flamingo February 1, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Love this Soft Whole Wheat Bread dough and have been ordered to keep this one on hand. :-)

    Your fruit pockets are beautiful! I actually own a set of these pocket-makers in several sizes. Down here, we call ’em empanada makers. :-) Haven’t used them in quite awhile… You’re giving me ideas!

  • Jen February 1, 2010 at 5:53 am

    oh, i wish i had thought to make the streudel like that! it looks so yummy!!!

  • Cristie February 1, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Oh, I love pocket pies. They look so tasty! You always have so many tips and ideas, thanks for sharing.

  • Kimberly February 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Yum! You always have the best treats and toys! I’m going to have to get the dough press thingie! Perfect for empanadas from the looks of it!

  • teresacooks February 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Michelle, the pocket pies look amazing! I still need to laminate some dough. Thanks for all the work you’ve done on this group,it’s been so fun to participate.

  • Elwood February 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Michelle, once again you’re my hero! The pockets look so good. I have one of those gadgets and have never been able to get it to work. The pizza and Coney Dog made my mouth water!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen February 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Great idea! I think I need one of those dough presses – I have gadget envy 😉 I loved your other two uses for this dough also. I’m going to try hot dog buns next time!

  • Raelyn February 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Love the pocket idea – that would be great for school lunches!

  • Old Pop February 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    As always, an inspiration to us all. Liked the pocket maker.

  • Cathy (breadexperience) February 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Those pocket pies look impressive and delicious!

  • Mimi February 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    The pocket pies look great. Now I have an excuse finally get those dough presses.
    Mimi

  • Kayte February 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I have everything on hand, including the handy dandy little tool to make the little moon shaped pies…I am thinking this is a happening thing today. Guys love apple pies, it’s 28 degrees cold here and wouldn’t this be a nice treat this evening? Yep, thanks…stealing, again! BTW, your photos are outstanding, every single one of them.

  • Beth February 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    From the land of deep dish pizza…I would never attempt that at home! It looks wonderful. Lots of great ideas here!

  • natalia February 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Ciao ! Your baking is fantastic and I have to tie myself not to partecipate !!

  • Aparna February 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Wow! Pushing the envelope? Everything looks so beautiful.

  • Jennifer February 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    It all looks delicious! I really love the little pies. :c)

  • Pam February 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I want everything!!! I didn’t get to participate this week :(

  • teresa February 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    i am in love with what you did with your bread, especially those precious turnovers! this was a fun week!

  • Lori E February 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Looks good to me. Your photos are always so appealing Michelle.

  • Joanne February 2, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I’m pretty sure that I need to get one of those dough press things now. the hand pies look fantastic!

  • Teresa Bjork February 2, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I’ve always wanted to make handheld pies. Never thought to make them with the bread dough, though. Such a great idea. And I love how the hot dogs turned out. Great job!

  • Danielle February 2, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Oooh yum!! I love the pizza…and the little pie thingies….Man am I having fun with this bread! I know I’ve told you this before but thank you so much for heading up this group. I’m learning so much and having a great time doing it. :)

  • Heather B February 2, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Love the pocket maker! I want one! The pizza looks sooo tasty!

  • Claudia February 2, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Those pockets are so inviting. I love your dough press – it would be too much fun. All those bread delectables – very dangerous for a bread-o-holic.

  • Jenny February 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    All of that stuff looks so yummy! Especially the pizza. I’m definitely thinking of lunch now, but I know I don’t have anything so yummy hanging around here.
    ~Jenny~

  • katrina February 3, 2010 at 12:32 am

    OMG – those pocket pies look wonderful! I’m going to have to start following the HBin5 recipes a whole lot closer!

  • Kathleen February 3, 2010 at 12:43 am

    They all look so good..Wish I had that pizza right now..
    I have a hear shaped pocket pie didesdone sent me. Can’t wait to try it!
    ♥♥

  • Carlyn February 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    What a great idea to make sandwich pockets! I’ve got to try it. Your sandwich pockets, pizza and hot dog buns look delicious! Thank you for organizing this bread baking group.

  • Sook February 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Wow, everything looks so appetizing. Especially the pocket pizza. Yum!

  • Natanya February 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    This is only my third dough but it’s thus far my favorite. Like others I love the pie idea – in particular I enjoyed the tip about the cornmeal to soak up juices. I think my family would love the pies for breakfast and I could make different flavors to fit everyone’s favorite tastes. As always, thanks for encouraging and educating us all.

  • Gwen February 5, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I definitely need one of those hand pie thingies!

    Your pizza is to die for.

    And very impressed by the hot dog buns. I tried those and mine were so misshapen. The burger buns were a lot easier!

    I’ve yet to do this dough again for the braid. Busy busy busy. But now I think I’ll have to make time!

    Very nicely done, Michelle!

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