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06 February 2012

Makin' Bacon part 2

When I prepared bacon last December, I went to the local butcher for my pork, asking for a boned loin "with a tail".  He was very obliging but I wasn't happy with the size of the eye which gave me a less generous bacon slice.  The piece was about 3kg which I had to cut into two pieces so that they could fit into a large ziploc bag.

This time, I decided to buy 2 rolled roasts made from the same cut but I chose pieces that obviously had a more meaty loin.  When unrolled, one piece had a short tail which I left intact.  The other had a longer tail which I cut off and treated separately.  This will give me "streaky" bacon which is good for dicing into small pieces called "lardons".  One of the pieces will be smoked and the other cured but not smoked for family members who are not terribly fond of the smoky flavour.

05 February 2012

Makin' Bacon

I made my first bacon before Christmas and even though it was very salty, the flavour was spot on.  There's still a few chopped pieces in the freezer and it's time for another attempt, taking aboard my experience from last year.

This morning I prepared the cure and used this to massage the meat.  It's now packaged and ready for refrigeration for about a week.

12 November 2011

Soft Crescent Rolls

My interest was piqued by a mention in the Best Recipes forum of a product called Pillsbury Crescent Rolls which is available in the US.  They seems to have quite a range of convenience bread and "biscuit" doughs which you buy in cylinders and bake at home.

These are not available in Australia - well not where I live anyway.  So...  I've come up with a recipe that approximates these soft, very morish treats.  There's no reason why you couldn't use the dough for any of the variations on the Pillsbury web site.

These are so lovely and soft.  Such a treat and less butter than croissants but the rich buttery taste is there.

Want to try the recipe?  It's in my online cookbook.  Let me know what you think.

29 October 2011

Sourdough Flat Bread

I'm refusing to buy bread these days and I still make the odd baker's yeast bread but prefer my sourdough.  Oops, forgot to make a fresh loaf and wanted something bread like to serve with scrambled eggs.  Ahh, what about making flat bread - a sourdough flat bread perhaps?

All puffy and ready to serve.
Did some research and found lots of help online for all sorts of flat breads.  But I decided to wing it and have to say, I'm pretty chuffed with the result.  Mind you, this is how we've been making bread for centuries and most cultures have a flat bread version. 

Here's my recipe.... 
Note that I added cumin seed to the pan before placing the dough on top to cook.  Added a nice touch to my "Mexican" eggs which were flavoured with capsicum, onion and chilli powder.

Topped with scrambled egg - yes, it's there underneath the capsicum strips.