#EdenCooks - Russian Rose Bread - Mon. Feb 18 at 8pm EST

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#EdenCooks - Russian Rose Bread - Mon. Feb 18 at 8pm EST

Antipova Antipova

Look what I just pulled out of the oven, everybody! You can't imagine how good my house smells... because this lovely white, wheat, and rye bread rose is filled with homemade sundried tomato pesto.

Rose

I feel like I don't even need a lead-in this month because of how pretty the outcome is, but I am excited to share this recipe anyway. I bake a lot, and I usually don't do baking meeting with Eden Cooks because there is a lot of hands-on knowledge to bread that can be hard to talk about.

But this recipe is so forgiving! I made it around December, and after the potluck I brought it to, two novice bakers asked the recipe and how I did it, and were able to make beautiful breads even their first time. Making a stiff bread is not too hard, and after it sits in your refrigerator over night... you have no idea how simple it is to create the rose design (pioneered in Russia). You'll have a great success your first time too---and this will look beautiful as a centerpiece, right next to real roses, or as the main gift for your lover on a special evening!



Eden Cooks is a cooking club for any interested members of the Eden community. We will meet on the forum to discuss everything from tips and pointers for less well-equipped kitchens, explanations of cooking terms, and important techniques. There will be a featured recipe each meeting, with pictures taken as I prepare it for you. I will cover some ingredient substitutions to make each recipe more friendly to people with dietary restrictions.


During the meeting, five $10 gift cards to EF will be awarded to the winners of a trivia contest from information that I will provide during the meeting, and to those who share wok tips and chopping tips of their own.


This beautiful Rose Bread is a wonderful way to show you care. I'm so happy with how easy this recipe is, and I'm even more happy to share this simple shape and other baking tips with you, so I can't wait to see you in this very thread on Monday the 18th at 8pm EST!
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deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova

Look what I just pulled out of the oven, everybody! You can't imagine how good my house smells... because this lovely white, wheat, and rye bread rose is filled with homemade sundried tomato pesto.



I feel like I don't even ...
Wow this looks awesome. I'm always hesitant to bake any type of bread but I really want to try this out. I hope I can make this meeting this time. Can't wait.
02/11/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by deltalima
Wow this looks awesome. I'm always hesitant to bake any type of bread but I really want to try this out. I hope I can make this meeting this time. Can't wait.
I hope you can too!

And everyone remember, if you post in this thread I'll put a reminder on your wall (or a message, or whatever will remind you best, just let me know!) on the day of the meeting.

yummmmmm sundried tomato bread!
02/11/2013
CountryPrincess CountryPrincess
Looks yummy!!!! I LOVE baking!!! I hope I can make it!! Depends on the hubby's schedule though!!
02/12/2013
Septimus Septimus
I haven't made bread in such a long time, but I really think that I'm going to have to give this one a try! It looks delicious!
02/12/2013
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
Looks awesome! I should be able to be here.
02/12/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Oh drat! I'll be at my state capital that day lobbying for reproductive rights (but yay for that!). I'm sad I'll have to miss this meeting. It looks delicious! I'll have to come back and check the thread after the meeting to get the recipe.

Have a good meeting
02/12/2013
Antipova Antipova
Go reproductive rights! And I hope to see everybody else, this bread is so delicious and makes you feel so accomplished to turn out a bread prettier than you'll see in a bakery.
02/12/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
It looks lovely. If I don't have a "go to meeting" meeting online for work that evening, I'll see if I can make it.
02/13/2013
Kristi :) Kristi :)
Dunno if I'll be here for the event, but I will be here after for sure! Looks pretty and love trying new things! Will make it for sure.
02/13/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by P'Gell
It looks lovely. If I don't have a "go to meeting" meeting online for work that evening, I'll see if I can make it.
Oh my goodnes, P'Gell! I would love to see you! And Kristi, I hope you like what you see!
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
Is everyone excited? Just about 3 hours away!
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
Only fifty minutes!
02/18/2013
Ansley Ansley
Twenty minutes folks! This looks so yummy Antipova.
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
Fifteen minutes! As soon as you show up, let me know so we can start talking
02/18/2013
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by Antipova
Fifteen minutes! As soon as you show up, let me know so we can start talking
Yay I can't wait. I really hope I'll be able to pull it off.
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by deltalima
Yay I can't wait. I really hope I'll be able to pull it off.
I know you can, DeltaLima, I've got all the possible pitfalls covered!

Everybody ready to learn some baking skills? You have no idea how excited I am to finally feature a bread with Eden Cooks. I bake a lot, but there's a lot of nuance in baking so it can be hard to put in an hour meeting. SInce I haven't asked about baking before, how many of you guys bake, and how many are new to it? Share stories while we wait for everyone to show up.
02/18/2013
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by Antipova
I know you can, DeltaLima, I've got all the possible pitfalls covered!

Everybody ready to learn some baking skills? You have no idea how excited I am to finally feature a bread with Eden Cooks. I bake a lot, but there's a lot of ...
Haha that's my favorite type of recipe. I've baked before, usually using mixes for desserts. I'm trying to move into baking from scratch and getting yummy results as well.
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by deltalima
Haha that's my favorite type of recipe. I've baked before, usually using mixes for desserts. I'm trying to move into baking from scratch and getting yummy results as well.
Especially with yeast breads, it can take more time, but the results are way yummier and also way way way cheaper. So listen in!

I am thinking of doing a simple baked dessert (yeast bread, you can't even do with a mix) in one of the next few months. So far I'm thinking breakfast (like making yogurt and some other thigns?), and then homemade oatmeal cream pies... so many yummy things to make.
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
I think we'll wait a smidge longer, even though the forum hasn't been that hopping today maybe a few more people will come in.
02/18/2013
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by Antipova
Especially with yeast breads, it can take more time, but the results are way yummier and also way way way cheaper. So listen in!

I am thinking of doing a simple baked dessert (yeast bread, you can't even do with a mix) in one of the next ...
Oh yeah that sounds cool. I've been wanting to make yogurt but the climate isn't conducive at the moment.
02/18/2013
Ansley Ansley
I'm here but just barely. I feel like I've been run over by a mac truck today. Forgive me if I chime in intermittently.
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by deltalima
Oh yeah that sounds cool. I've been wanting to make yogurt but the climate isn't conducive at the moment.
A spare lightbulb or electric heating blanket inside a cooler can work But more about that in future meetings!
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Ansley
I'm here but just barely. I feel like I've been run over by a mac truck today. Forgive me if I chime in intermittently.
No worries, I know those days!

Even though there aren't too many of us right now...

Welcome to the February meeting of Eden Cooks---where we're featuring a little romantic touch on a super-delicious bread. What looks better at the center of your table than a rose? Romantic dinner, celebration, regular day---what a pretty way to show your love!

I'm a pretty avid baker, but when I try to share recipes with my mom my dad always complains that "there's too much background knowledge that you have that a beginner doesn't. Bread is hard to teach, you just have to practice." But THIS bread, even a beginner can do! I think it is because of how stiff the dough is, but I've had two first-time-ever bakers come out with pretty roses so far, not even watching what I did, just following verbal instructions. So with pictures, you guys have it even better!
This bread design apparently originated in or near the Ural mountains---there is wheat (grown in Ukraine) and rye (grown in Russia) as a nod to these origins, and also for flavor. You can make this same bread recipe and design, and fill it with cinnamon-sugar-butter, or basil pesto, or dried apples processed in a food processor, or anything else you can think of.
02/18/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
That looks great!!!
02/18/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
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Originally posted by Antipova
No worries, I know those days! Even though there aren't too many of us right now...Welcome to the February meeting of Eden Cooks---where we're featuring a little romantic touch on a super-delicious bread. What looks better at the center of ...
Are you self taught or did you go to culinary school?
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by XxFallenAngelxX
Are you self taught or did you go to culinary school?
Oh, definitely self taught! I watched my mom cook a lot, and I read voraciously. And I have a really particular palate, store-bought stuff doesn't taste very good to me. So I do it all myself! And, Welcome, I'm really glad you're here!


Let's get down to business! I'll set this up in two sections: the pesto and the bread.
For sundried tomato pesto
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (I used the dry kind, but the oil-packed kind would work too.)
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
3 Tbsp parsley
1/4 cup parmesan or asagio cheese, grated---I used the flaked parmesan sold by Bel Gioso so I used about a half-cup.
1 Tbsp olive oil (not needed if using oil-packed tomatoes)
1/2 tsp salt
4 drops vinegar-based hot sauce (Tabasco or Frank's)
1/2 cup mayonnaise.


For the bread:
4 and 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups water at 95F
1/4 cup rye flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast
1 and 3/4 tsp sugar

02/18/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Antipova
No worries, I know those days! Even though there aren't too many of us right now...Welcome to the February meeting of Eden Cooks---where we're featuring a little romantic touch on a super-delicious bread. What looks better at the center of ...
Your link was all wonky, so I removed it. Can you double check it please?
02/18/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Ansley
Your link was all wonky, so I removed it. Can you double check it please?
Oh, shoot. I had originally missed my .jpg, I thought I had fixed it. It's just a bread preview:
02/18/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
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Originally posted by Antipova
Oh, definitely self taught! I watched my mom cook a lot, and I read voraciously. And I have a really particular palate, store-bought stuff doesn't taste very good to me. So I do it all myself! And, Welcome, I'm really glad you're here! ...
Thank you. I'm glad that you are doing this for us. It's like free cooking school online.
02/18/2013
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