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Yeast Breads in an RV 
Jan. 18, 2010 4:29 pm 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2010 4:21 am
My whole life it seems I have really been intimidated by yeast. Since starting this blog, I figured it was high time that I just--in the immortal words of the Eagles--Get Over It! The better part of yesterday was spent reading bread making articles, asking questions on the RE (if you need to know how to do anything, just ask there...someone knows!), reading through different recipes and searching my cabinets for ingredients. I thought I would start small and work up from there. I made a casserole using rainbow rotini, mushrooms, bell pepper, shallot, shrimp and bleu cheese..very yummy, but I didn't want to just buy french rolls from the store anymore! I wanted to explore uncharted territory. After taking on Mongolia last week, I'm game for anything! So, like I said, I started small. I found the Quick Yeast Roll recipe and gave it a whirl last night and things couldn't have gone smoother. They came out fantastic! I was able to make 9 rolls with the recipe and at this time, there are only 3 of them left, so I have to assume his Majesty loved them! Early this morning, after getting up with dogs that are scared of wind, and after I had my coffee, I wandered out to Safeway to pick up steaks because that's what Bob wanted for dinner. I also decided to pick up my stuff for India tomorrow night and that's when I went down the aisle and saw wheat flour. It clicked! I bought a bag and decided that since the rolls went so well last night, I would make a rustic type loaf today. I found the Walnut Wheat Bread recipe..after taking stock, I had no walnuts but I did have hazelnuts, so I thought that would be all right. It rose up just fine and I only needed 3/4 cup of all purpose flour in it. I asked a few more questions on the RE and Baking Nana came to my rescue along with a couple of others. Anyway, the bread is out of the oven and it may not be the prettiest loaf, but I am proud of just the same and I can't wait to cut into that sucker, but first I gotta go grill some steaks!
Quick Yeast Rolls
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Bread is Rising!
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Walnut Wheat Bread with hazelnuts!
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Jan. 18, 2010 4:34 pm
The bread looks great! Most of our bread products here taste freezer burned, so now I make all my own! Have you tried makng pita bread? That's my favorite!
Jan. 18, 2010 4:46 pm
No, but it's on my list!
Jan. 18, 2010 4:56 pm
Yummy! Good job on the bread. Its not to scary once you start using yeast. It took me 3 years to figure out yeast!
Jan. 18, 2010 5:15 pm
WW, you are an inspiration!! You are not afraid of anything and that gives me hope for my own bread making future. Your bread looks great! I have a bag of rye flour I need to experiment with. What is next on your hit list?
Jan. 18, 2010 5:19 pm
India....tomorrow night!
Jan. 18, 2010 5:23 pm
You are fearless!!! I read your Mongolian blog and loved it!! In short, WW YOU ROCK!!! in more ways than one!! ;)
Jan. 18, 2010 5:26 pm
No kiddding! YummY!! Can't wait to hear bout that one.OOHHH
Jan. 18, 2010 5:30 pm
Love your blogs, girl...kudos on the yeast breads, next you'll be mastering the sour dough ;o)
Jan. 18, 2010 5:42 pm
I CANNOT wait for India. Seriously. I'm excited. lol. I make all of our own bread, we go through a loaf every 3 days about. I really love it, especially for quality control. I've never tried making it without the bread machine dough cycle so you go girl! I'm impressed! :D
Jan. 18, 2010 5:52 pm
I don't know if I will ever buy bread again, either. This stuff is too fun and too good to let someone else do it! I wish I had a bigger oven so I could get one of those baking stones that I've heard about!
Jan. 18, 2010 6:19 pm
Those are wonderful, I got one for my brother for christmas. They are also surprisingly inexpensive. I wish I had one too :(
Jan. 18, 2010 7:09 pm
That bread looks pretty good to me. Congrats!
Jan. 18, 2010 7:18 pm
Bread baking is fun! I'm glad you were successful!
Jan. 18, 2010 7:28 pm
It is a lot of fun, I had no idea!
Jan. 18, 2010 8:41 pm
Way to go WW! The bread looks and sounds great. Like someone else said, you are fearless! You take on so many projects in that tiny oven of yours, I am so proud of you!!
Jan. 18, 2010 10:20 pm
WOW ! I just stumbled across your blog - FANTASTIC... thanks for the inspiration... from someone who lives in the desert in the Middle East !
Jan. 19, 2010 7:43 am
WW, I think your loaf is VERY pretty. I love that you're becoming less afraid to try things that have been so intimidating to you in the past. And hey, that casserole sounded great too! Blue cheese...mmmmmmmmm...
Jan. 19, 2010 1:34 pm
Your bread looks great! I've said it before and I'll say it again - You amaze me by what you are doing in so little space!! Can't wait to read about India!
Jan. 23, 2010 4:21 am
Thumbs up for taking on bread in an RV. I gotta ask, what size is your oven? I grew up eating homemade breads but my husband doesn't really care for the texture he prefers the grocery store stuff. However, our kiddies know what's good. They go crazy for fresh bread out of the oven. I'm working on finding a recipe that pleases all of us. You've peaked my interest with your cooking in an RV. I keep coming back to see what your next indeavor is. The around the world cuisine in a RV is a great touch. Keep up the good work.
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I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published, I've had my blog featured in a magazine, I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States