Sweet cinnamon bread with chocolate and apricot

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Bread like a cake…

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A creamy rye bread dough (2/3 bread flour, 1/3 white flour), plus cane sugar, plus lots of cinnamon, plus sesame, plus cocoa mass (100%) chips, plus dry apricots…

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Topped with almond slices, cinnamon, sugar.

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I’ve let raise too much before baking, but only the shape is affected.

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It’s even better the next days… if there is some left.

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My exps in plant based milks and yogurts

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Here is a post to make the point about my adventure in the plant-based milk and yogurt world…
That doesn’t go much out of the beaten paths, but for me there were novelties. Also these food are very different so I made my tasting files for each.
If you want wider information about dairy-free cooking, there is a compilation post about it (here).

MILKS :

DSC02677-001Soy milk (tutorial)

+Tastes good cold or hot.
++Useful to make tofu, yuba, yogurt, etc.
++ Very cheap ingredients.
-A bit long and complicated to make.

DSC04322Almond milk (tutorial)

+ Tastes great cold.
+ Useful to make blanc-manger.
– Raw almond are very expensive here.
++ The most convenient and quickest to make.

DSC00202-2Sweet corn milk (recipe)
+ Tastes fresh and original cold.
+ Quick and easy to make.
– Seasonal ingredient, no so cheap (I think frozen corn is pre-cooked, I didn’t try)

DSC07479-002 Sesame milk (tutorial)
+ Tastes great warmed.
+ Convenient and easy to make.
+ Cheap ingredient.

Recipes :
kurogoma tonyu (black sesame paste in soy milk)
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DSC07704-001 Coconut milk yogurt
+ Very tasty
+ Super easy to make
– or + It stays liquid
– A little fat (has to be drunk in small amounts)

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+ Tasty
+ Great texture
+ Cheap ingredient
– Some prep needed to thicken it

Recipes :
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White garlic, green apple

Shiny ribbons of fruity olive oil.

That was a powerful ajo blanco.
classic grape version of this chilled soup (click here)

There was a lot of that in it. Maybe a bit too much. But after, you feel refreshed.

The first Santsugaru apples of the season. They look green but they are already very sweet.

Served directly from the mortar.

Chick crackers and others

Baking chick pea and almond salty crackers. Why ? Because it’s good and :

: Our July 2012 Daring Bakers’ Host was Dana McFarland and she challenged us to make homemade crackers! Dana showed us some techniques for making crackers and encouraged to use our creativity to make each cracker our own by using ingredients we love.

So for this challenge I’ve made :

egg sesame crackers
(online soon), pasta machine technique

Chick peas and almond crackers (making of below)

Crackers in previous posts on this blog :

red lentil 2 flavor crackers

nuka rice bran crackers

red lentil crisp bread

okaki (Japanese rice cracker from mochi)

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Making the chick pea crackers :

Chick pea cookies and crackers are usually made from chick pea flour (besan), but I don’t get it easily. I used soaked chick peas. I’ve added a little olive oil, salt, pepper, nutmeg.
The raw dough tasted good, but raw chick peas would give me… gas.

I pressed them like a tortilla and cut out when they were half-cooked.

I bake them and when they are half-hardened, I let them dry in the oven. I colored them in the oven-toaster.

The bits around are not lost. They feed the cook-photographer while writing the blog.

They are delicious nutty and crispy. They didn’t last long.

Azteca gold sweet takoyaki


I didn’t want to put my takoyaki plate in the closet so fast.
Of course, that’s an invention. But with coffee and chocolate, old Mexican gods would love them.

Roughly the same recipe as takoyaki. I replaced the dashi stock and soy sauce by sweet coffee, soy milk, cinnamon and a little baking powder. Items are roast almonds and chips of 100% cocoa mass.

Ready !

With cinnamon and powder sugar on top.

Melt choco, pudding-like texture with crunchy bits of almonds. Perfect !