At Panary I am commited to teaching the “ferment” as the best way to make enriched doughs. The “one pint ferment” is a marvellous old-fashioned British craft standard. It enables the yeast to get a flying start before it gets bogged down in that heavy and rich group of ingredients – fat, sugar, egg yolk, spice – that separate it from its food. However, not everyone wants to take the trouble to set up a ferment, and the guidelines are that you can use any high-quality fruited bun dough of your choice.== The ferment ==Ingredients AmountWarmed milk 560mlBread flour 110gSugar 15gFresh yeast 60g or 30g dried yeast mixed in the flourThe doughIngredients AmountBread flour 1kgEggs (large) 2Sugar 110gSalt 15gWhen properly formed add: Mixed spice 30-40gButter 140g Knead until the dough is silky and stretches with a well-formed gluten. Gently mix in: Currants/sultanas/raisins 350g== Notes ==1. Regarding the addition of fruits, nuts and seeds to dough, a good rule of thumb is to have the fruit at 12% of bulk, which appears generous, or 15% if you want to spoil them.2. During dough making, stop the mixer regularly and let the dough rest. While it is passive, the water is seeping into the flour and forming the gluten. There’s no hard and fast rule for the amount of time the dough should be in the mixer – I like to mix a minute here, rest a minute or two, and mix again a minute there.3. The machine can be too rough for mixing in the fruit, destroying both the fruit and the structure of the dough if you are not careful. So a combination of hands and machine is better, because you can minimise the machinery action on the dough.== Method ==1. Working with the fruited bun dough, cut off a piece weighing 2 to 2.2 kg to make 16-20 large Chelsea buns. (A)2. Prove the fruit dough fully as you would for bun making – about 1 hour in bulk proof. If you are too busy for it, put it in the fridge.3. While proving, beat together in a bowl:125g of butter; 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon (freshly ground is best); 100g soft brown sugar.4. Turn the proved dough out on to a floured surface and stroke it into a rectangle with the rolling pin, setting it out just as you would for making puff pastry. Have your rectangle at least twice as long as it is wide.5. Spread the buttery cinnamon-sugar paste onto two-thirds of it – not too close to the edges (B) – then fold on top the uncovered third, making the pastry parcel in the English way. (C)6. Straight away roll it out again (D) and give it a normal “half-turn” fold as you would in the puff pastry manner. (E)7. Put it into the fridge or in a cool spot to rest, to relax it and allow more proof. A plastic covering will stop the dough skinning; a skin folded into the dough can create a seam that will become a blemish in the final product. (F)8. After about 30-40 minutes, pin it out again, this time into a long rectangle.9. Roll it up towards you into a long sausage, brushing warmed honey along the front edge to enable a tight seal. (G)10. Chop the ends off and cut the long sausage evenly into 16-20 discs (H) and place on the baking tray as flat rounds.14. Place them carefully apart so that, upon full proof, they are touching gently, yet able to be pulled apart easily when baked and cooling. (I)15. Egg glaze and prove like normal fruit bun dough for about 30 minutes. A tip is to add a pinch of salt to the egg to make it runny.16. Bake in an oven that is duller than bread temperature, barely 200?C, for 15 minutes. They should have a dark colour and spring back when gently poked with a finger. When it is out of the oven glaze it with warmed honey.
Load remaining images Last night, Umphrey’s McGee geared back up for tour following a two-week break after their three-day April Fool’s Day run at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI. Yesterday, the band hit Cain’s Ballroom with The BIG Something, picking things up right where they left them with a jam-packed performance for the Tulsa, Oklahoma crowd. The night was kicked off with a roaring “Room To Breathe,” which the band livestreamed via TourGigs and which you can watch below. A major highlight from the night fell during the second set, when the band jammed out of “Nothing Too Fancy” to lay down a delicious rendition of “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.” The Beatles bust out marked the first time the song had been played in close to four years, with the last time it was covered falling on April 26th, 2013 in Chicago.The band will continue to the iconic Stubb’s in Austin, Texas tonight to continue the tour. You can peep last night’s setlist below, courtesy of AllThingsUmphreys, as well as a gallery of photos from last night below courtesy of photographer Jeremy Scott.“Room To Breathe”Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa, OK | 4/19/2017Set One: Room to Breathe, In The Black, Intentions Clear > Get In The Van, Example 1, The Fussy Dutchman, Sociable Jimmy > Make It RightSet Two: Bright Lights, Big City, The Linear > Booth Love > Nothing Too Fancy > She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Little Gift > Mulche’s OdysseyEncore: Kimble > Nothing Too Fancy
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I received a disheartening message recently. As the chairman of the Department of Surgery at Ellis Hospital, a disheartening message usually means a patient has received a terminal prognosis. In this case, the notice was far less critical, but just as disturbing. The Niskayuna Democratic Committee, whose candidates in this year’s election are Joe Landry, Denise Murphy-McGraw, John Della Ratta, Peter Scagnelli and Diane Percy, sent out a “mailer,” claiming that my daughter — at the top of the Republican ticket for this year’s elections — was racist, Anti-Semitic, and Anti-Muslim.How would my daughter, Yasmine Syed, harbor such beliefs? I’m a Muslim. So are three of her uncles and two of her aunts. Her mother, Anne Marie, is of Jewish descent whose ancestors barely evaded persecution in Hitler’s Europe, escaping to America after World War II. Yasmine is half-white, half-Middle Eastern, the daughter of both a Muslim and a Christian, the descendant of Jews. As a parent, I asked, “What did my wife and I do wrong?” I quickly realized we didn’t do anything wrong. It was Joe Landry and his team of Democrats who did something wrong. In Mr. Landry and his political counterparts’ ignorance and haste to smear my daughter and the Republican slate of candidates, they revealed a glaring oversight.They failed to even properly research their opponent. My daughter and all of our children are a living, breathing “League of Nations.” Being of Pakistani descent, she isn’t anti-Muslim. With a mother of Jewish heritage, she isn’t anti-Semitic. And being half-Caucasian, half-Middle Eastern, she isn’t racist. As Jesus said in Mark 3:25: “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Basically, Joe Landry and the Niskayuna Democratic Committee would have you believe my daughter is full of hate — for herself.If Mr. Landry and the Democratic slate don’t even know or respect our family, do you think they care about your family or what’s needed to make Niskayuna a better place? Since my wife and I moved here in 1982, this town has represented every good thing about America that I sought to enjoy when I emigrated from Pakistan in the 1970s.With this ugly, hurtful, and most importantly false mailer, Mr. Landry and his team reminded us of what our families sought to escape by coming here to America: accusations and innuendo based on personal politics or ethnic background. Niskayuna is better than this, and I know you are, too. Politely, I hope you’ll keep this in mind on Election Day, Nov. 7.Iftikhar SyedNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation