My 2 cents: I think if you guys want to make the Ricotta Bread, you should! I haven’t made it yet and I’d love to see a few pics and hear your descriptions! I made the kugelhopf for a brunch this past weekend, it was very tasty but also very underproofed- pics to come with bake off posting.
i think this is a fantastic idea! it will be a wonderful way to compare results and learn. just this week i experienced the difference in using soft fluoridated water from ny versus harder non-fluoridated spring water from hope in a bread. The later resulted in more gluten development. this resulted from my baking bread with kate in devon about two weeks ago. of course the beer bread was the same as i used guinness in both locations so no water was involved. by the way, the beer bread made in the food processor is so very easy and so very good i encourage you all to try it. kate has made it about 6 times since i left!
i’ll do a posting on the blog about this forums bakeoff so more people will know.
I’m a newbie here. I joined the forum because the bakeoff sounds so fun, and I love that there’s no rules! Though it looks like all of you are very advanced baker (judging from the pictures). I want to join the pie bake off. Also, suggestion, can we do a pastry one some time in the fall? I don’t have a picture for my profile yet, I’ll have to post that later!
Welcome, welcome! You may dip in and out of the bake-offs as you wish. However, it may be kind of fun to do something that you have never done before. People on the forum are very helpful and we will supoort you as much as we can. This weekend we are doing any sweet bread from Rose’s books. The pie recipes will more than likely include pastry and August is pretty open - just use any seasonal fruit.
Welcome Jenn! If you’d like to use the Bake-Offs to try your hand at something new, we’d be happy to walk you through it/answer questions! (that is, those of us who are skilled at that particular thing- I have some less-than-perfect results to show for the sweet yeasted bread Bake-Off coming up this weekend!).
Thank you all for the very warm welcome and the offer to help!
I suppose I should clarify that when I mentioned pie and pastry, it’s not because I don’t like to try something new. But it’s because those are my preferred dessert (to eat). I do try different recipes and different kinds of pie/pastry - also cookies. I just made some chocolate macaroons over the weekend and taught a friend how to make croissant (I use Rose’s croissant recipe from the Pastry Bible). I think this weekend I want to try to make the savory puff pastry from Rose’s book. I do want to learn how to make cakes though. Ahh, too many things to do, not enough time . I don’t have Rose’s cake books yet, does anyone have any recommendation on which one I should get first - The Cake Bible or Rose’s Heavenly Cakes?
My brioche dough is resting in the fridge after the first rise - so far so good with no major problems. Didn’t read the recipe through before starting it tonight, so now I have to stay up till 2am to wait for it to be ready for the second rise…