Have you, like many others, tried your hand at baking during these WFH days? Maybe you’ve played it safe and just grabbed a boxed cake or muffin mix from the pantry. But are you thinking perhaps to step it up a notch? Today’s the day- it’s Sourdough Bread Day!
Breadmaking can be a daunting task for many- but lately yeast has become hard to come by (along with toilet paper and bottled water!). The next best thing you can do if you can’t find yeast at the store is to make your own sourdough starter from scratch.
Wild yeast naturally lives in flour, so it is actually quite easy to get it to grow into a sourdough starter.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
DAY 1: Combine flour & room temperature water in a glass jar on the counter, cover with towel
DAY 2: Feed the starter with equal parts flour and water, mix
DAY 3: The starter will become bubbly and active. Feed again, mix
DAY 4: Feed with flour & water again, mix
DAY 5: Starter should be frothy and billowy & smell sour- it’s ready to use!
Now you have your own homemade yeast to make your own yummy loaf of sourdough! Once you’re ready for the official taste-test, make sure to grab your American-Made Cutlery bread knife to make it super easy to slice up the yumminess!
Serve it with a bowl of soup on a rainy day, or make towering sandwich, you can’t go wrong!
Are you in charge of planning your next company breakfast meeting? Is everyone tired of the same boring ol’ bagel & cream cheese spread? Take it up a notch by turning it into a bagel & lox platter. After all, today is National Bagel & Lox Day!
Here’s all you will need:
Assortment of fresh bagels
Variety of cream cheese flavors
Lox- thinly sliced cold salmon cured in salt (not to be confused with smoked salmon)
Yummy toppings: capers, cucumbers, dill, tomatoes, & red onions
As you enjoy your warm, flaky, buttery croissant with your coffee this morning, are you aware of how long this delicious pastry has been around? The kipferl, or crescent-shaped bread, originated in 13th century Austria, and then spread to France. By the mid-1800s, the French developed their own version of this tasty bread, and dubbed it the croissant.
Making croissants from scratch requires dedication, patience, and high-quality ingredients. The process of making the dough is called “lamination,” which consists of making a yeast-leavened dough and layering it with butter. The dough is then rolled and folded many times in order to create alternating layers of dough and butter. Once the croissant dough is rolled into its crescent shape and placed in the oven, all the layers of butter release steam as they melt into the dough, creating the lovely airy center and crunchy exterior that we all know and love.
Today on National Croissant Day, treat your employees and customers to a platter of croissants from your local bakery. Don’t forget to grab your American-made Cutlery bread knife to cut them up for sharing!
Baking bread from scratch sounds like a daunting task for most. Even today, on National Homemade Bread Day, the most seasoned bakers will probably admit they’d prefer not to delve into the fickle and complicated world of bread-making.
Too many questions can arise:
Am I using the right flour?
Can I knead with a mixer, or should I do it by hand?
Proof it once or twice?
Did I bake it long enough?
Or perhaps: What on earth is this person even talking about??
Who are we kidding, just save yourself a whole day in the kitchen and take the easy route- go to that aromatic bakery down the street and pick up a warm, fresh loaf that the professionals made. Sourdough, ciabatta, or brioche? Yum. Yum. Yum.
Don’t forget to slice it up for everyone with your American-made Cutlerybread slicer.
During the early days of the COVID quarantine, people were at home frantically trying to fill their time with new hobbies. One of the hobbies that quickly emerged was bread-baking. How-to’s on making your own sourdough starter was at the top of many home bakers’ search lists.
But what about sourdough’s flavorful cousin, cinnamon raisin bread? Today is the day to add this recipe to your repertoire: it’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day.
A little bit of flour, yeast, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and raisins, and voila- a yummy sweet treat!