Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Like all good things...


My travels with the trio of bakers from A Year in Bread have come to an end. Back in February, and simply on an impulse, I decided to bake the breads Susan, Kevin and Beth baked in 2007. From March that year to February 2008, they picked ten themes and each of them baked a bread for each. I gave two of the themes a miss, but the other eight were a phenomenal success. I might not bake Susan's white sandwich bread that often and have found another recipe for pizza but some, like Beth's Wheatberry Bread and Susan's Carrot Rolls are now staples.

I think the experience made me a better baker. And I never thought I'd say this, but just like Beth, I no longer measure out ingredients when making a pizza. I've also found depths of flavors I never thought possible in a bread - like Beth's Pesto Rolls or this last one, Kevin's Gougeres.

The last theme was bite sized breads. Susan sat this one out; Beth made Onion Cheddar Breadsticks. And Kevin made something that's been on my mind a lot lately - the buttery, cheesy, gougeres. It's eclairs dough, which means you cook water, butter, flour then beat in the eggs, mix some gruyere cheese and let the steam puff it all up.

A fitting finale to a great year!

Gourgeres are my entry to High Tea Treats, this month's edition of Meeta's monthly mingle hosted by Aparna.

9 comments:

Srivalli said...

What a sight!..you have some patience!

notyet100 said...

yummy,..wish u hapy diwali,..

Prathibha said...

Bite size breads look lik pakoda/bonda's for me dear..:)
nice way to eat breads..

Aparna said...

They look puffed and pretty. You didn't fill them? :)
Thanks for joining us for High Tea.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...that's an mini bread....looks yum...

Debbie said...

These look soooooo good! I have never baked much of the bread type things ... looks like I may have to start!

Bharti said...

You sound like such an expert! Good for you...and Happy Diwali!

Spice said...

mini breads just like a finger food....good idea.I should give it a try sometime.

Curry Leaf said...

Awesome Simran.Love the gougeres,but given a choice,i would have gone for breadsticks.
But yes this is also n my list, let me tackle the challah first