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So I realize I haven’t posted in over a month but…oh well. School comes first and now I am GRADUATED!!!!
So Happy and So EXCITED for the summer.
I’ve decided that the BBA Challenge is taking up a lot of my energy so I think that for the next while my blog will focus on just BBA and Daring Kitchen Challenges. I don’t have time to post daily on everything I cook. Maybe by the time that the challenge is over I will have more skills and ideas to get some interesting recipes up here.
For now though I am enjoying focusing on breads.

Even though I haven’t posted, I have been baking so I’m going to spend the next couple of days updating the blog with all the BBA stuff I have done. I did a lot in a short time and now I will be caught up to the rest of the crew (or at least those following the original schedule). I also have a full time job for the summer which means I will have less time than I thought to to bake. But some days with more time will give me the chance to catch up.

This post is on the Brioche, #4 on the list. I was quite nervous about this one because apparently the butter made the dough hard to handle. In the BBA book there are three versions with varying amounts of butter. Mostly for health reasons, I chose to do the Poor Man’s Brioche, which has not only the least butter but also is the simplest.

Overall the recipe was not too difficult (from what I remember!) and boy did they taste good. I should note that I made 16 brioche, in the evening (they were ready at about 8 or 9) and when I woke up the next morning there were 2 left. Seriously! I was kind of shocked and looked around thinking they had been put away but no. That was all that was left.
That’s why I love my family, they love Everything I make barring disaster!

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The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart… er… pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800’s in England.

Time for another DB Challenge (#2 for me)
I don’t have a lot of time to make this post and I think it will be going up a day late ( have to double check the rules). In fact. as I ame wrigtigng this it is late at night and I am falling asleep, writing this with my eyes closed!
But tomorrow I am baking ciabatta in the mroning and will not have time to write a decent post. I will just be uploading photos and throwing it on there.

So I was pretty excited about this challenge because I had been considering doing a bakewelll tart from one of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks bor a while. I’ve never made jam before and with school ending I knew that this probably wasn’t the time totry. Later in the summer I am plannign on making strawberry jam. Once the weather he ats up and the strawberries have more falvour. Instead, I decided to buy a nice expensive jam for this tart as it is a big focus in the whole thing. In the end I got Greave’s Rhubarb Raspberry Jam, delicious!

The recipe was not hard to put together, especially since I had made frangipan for several previous recipes. I wasn’t sure if the frangipan should be refrigerated after it was prepared so I didn’t do so, and I think that was a mistake because my final product was nice and tight on the outside, but very oozy on the inside.
Luckily, as I said before, my family isn’t too picky on the issue and the pie was almost gone in a matter of 10 minutes. I tried some and loved it! I hope I get another chance to try it with my own jam!

Sorry again for the short post, but I am just waiting for my poolish (for ciabatta) to ferment and then it’s sleeptime!
woops, changed my mind! I am posting this now but will update it tomorrow with pictures!

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