November 12, 2009

Let's Try This Again....................

I can't believe it's been over a year since my last entry. I recently joined another bake-along group. We are going to be making the breads from the new book Healthy Bread in 5 Mintues a Day. We don't officially start until January, but were offered the option of making the Pumpkin Pie Brioche (it is that time of year after all!) I really enjoyed making this bread - I made a few modifications: I used an egg substitute, extra light olive oil and agave syrup. I also added cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg to the sugar I sprinkled on top of the loaves. Very tasty - the flavors definitely become more pronounced a few days after baking - if it lasts that long! I made a 1/2 recipe, which you can see yielded 2 medium boules and a mini boule. If you want the recipe, you'll need to head over to Michelle's site - she's our leader. And even if you don't want the recipe, you should visit anyway - it's a great blog.



















Oh - and to try and keep myself from gaining EVEN more weight, I ran my very first 5K this morning!! Nine weeks ago, I had not run in over 20 years. I started the Couch to 5K running program. AWESOME!! This program, over the course of 9 weeks, takes you from sitting on your couch to running 30 minutes. Now, for some people (me not being one of them ;p) 30 minutes is the amount of time to run that distance. Today, for the first time ever, I ran 5K (a little longer than 3 miles!) Thanks C25K!!!

18 comments:

Heather B said...

Great job on your brioche! I love your boules.

Congrats on running your first 5K! That's awesome!

Megan said...

Your bread looks beautiful. Congrats on the 5K. Maybe I should be looking into that couch to 5K. Not that I want to run any marathons but it would get me off the couch! LOL

Michelle said...

Your boules looks wonderful and this is something I need to practice...a lot!!! Your crumb looks perfect!!

I've been meaning to pick up some agave syrup as I do like it better then honey in bread recipes.

Congrats on the running program. Keep us updated.

Danielle said...

YUM!!! you did a great job! love the round loaves. Congrats on your 5K...thats totally awesome :)

Kim said...

Good for you on running your 5K. That is amazing and something I wish I could do. I love your boules - so pretty. I've never shaped one before and I'm a little nervous about it.

Jenny said...

They look yummy! Especially the warm bread with butter. I also like your idea of mixing a little of the spices with the sugar.
~Jenny~

Bread Over Heels said...

I've always made the sweet doughs in pans, but your boules are inspiring. I think I'll try that next time. Very Nice!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I doubled the spices when I made the dough but I really like your idea of adding spices to the sugar sprinkled on top too!

Congrats on the 5K run!

~Susan

Lu said...

Your bread looks like perfection! Congratulations on the 5K. Keep on running.

Joanne said...

Congratulations on your 5K! That is an exciting first step into the running world. Any thoughts of longer runs in your future?

The bread looks lovely. SO cute how you measure how much it has risen, as if it were your child (it kind of is).

Karine said...

Your brioche sounds delicious!

Congrats for your 5K! :)

girlichef said...

Great job...I love how you formed them...I am so glad to have joined so that I can learn from everybody!

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Oh! I love that you made this into boules. They look great! Congratulations on running your first 5k. Feels good doesn't it!

RJ Flamingo said...

These are very pretty, and I'm very happy to see that you were able to incorporate some healthier substitutions to good effect. Awesome!

GA Jane said...

If I ran a 5K I wouldn't have to worry about bread baking! Now to just get off the couch. Nice brioche!

Old Pop said...

glad to see you can make boules.

Cristie said...

Your bread looks beautiful! I love that you used agave syrup. I've been making my own organic corn syrup and using in a variety of ways, but hadn't used it in bread. Thanks for the idea!

MamaBeans said...

These look delicious! What did you use to replace the 4 eggs? I'd really like to try this and the brioche in ABin5 but am having trouble figuring out what to replace such a large number of eggs with. Thanks!