• How to Make Bread - a story and ratio recipe all in one

    How to Make Bread

    Let’s try something a little different. Please let me know if you enjoyed it, or thought it was completely bizarre. Step One: Measure out 15 parts of flour and 9 parts of water. Add one teaspoon of yeast and 0.3 ounces of salt to the flour. Stir. I was in separate pieces, once. When I was both a part of my mother and a part of my father. They had to decide to join so that my disparate pieces could be joined together. My soul took so many pieces from my mother and so many pieces from my father and spun them together. Step Two: Gradually add the water to…

  • A Year of Adventures in Ratio Baking

    A Year of Adventures in Ratio Baking

    About a year ago, I got it into my head that I’d like a kitchen scale and I’d like to figure out ratio baking. The Husband got me a kitchen scale for Christmas, probably because I wouldn’t shut up about it, and then my brain panicked because it meant I should actually use it. I spent the first few weeks of the year thinking about it, thinking of taking the scale out of the cabinet and making something. I wasn’t quite sure of what to make, and I froze again. Then I decided I wanted cake, and the cake ratio looked simple (1:1:1:1 flour to sugar to eggs to butter)…

  • Adventures in Ratio Baking: Bread

    Adventures in Ratio Baking: Bread

    I’m a bread-oholic. I love bread, as long as it’s not sourdough or rye. My family loves to tell the story of the time we were at a restaurant and, instead of oogling the (apparently) good looking guy, I was eyeing the tray of bread he was carrying. In my defense, we had just finished the bread we’d been given and I was hoping more was coming (it wasn’t). Wait. I don’t need to defend myself. I love bread. That’s all. It feels like it should have been a no-brainer that, when I started ratio baking, I would start with the bread ratio. After all, fresh bread is the best.…

  • Adventures in Ratio Baking: Basic Ingredients for Cakes, Cookies,and Bread - the essential ingredients you will need when making cakes, cookies, or bread, whether when following a recipe or trying out ratio baking

    Adventures in Ratio Baking: Basic Ingredients for Cakes, Cookies, and Bread

    When I first started ratio baking in 2019, I worried about the ingredients I would need. Without a recipe with a handy list, it was hard to know exactly what to use. And, as I later found out, to remember to add it. Fortunately, ratio baking has some basics. Since it’s based on ratios, it has to say what ratio to what is necessary. The cake ratio has a 1:1:1:1 ratio of fat to sugar to eggs to flour. The cookie ratio is a 3:2:1 ratio of flour to fat to sugar. Bread has a ratio of 5:3 of flour to water. Just from this, it’s clear flour, sugar, fat,…

  • National Banana Bread Day

    February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day. I love bananas. Growing up, we sometimes had extra bananas that became a little too ripe. Sometimes that still happens to me. Hey, sometimes I get sick of bananas halfway through the third week in a row that I’ve had at least one a day. And my daughter can only eat so much. Enter the banana bread recipe my mom has been using for years. I have no idea where she got it from, but I have a suspicion it came from an old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that she’s had for longer than I’ve been alive. The funny thing is, though,…