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I’ve dedicated too much time for eating the bakings instead of shooting and posting about them. Well, here goes. Finally some sweet spring bakes!

Strawberrybakes!

Home-made puff pastry baked with vanilla-pudding in the middle and topped with fresh, sweet strawberries! Totally delicious! Brushed with boiled apricot jam for the extra shine.

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More strawberries! This time in the form of a pie. Got it even out the form without it crumbling all into pieces! Mmm.. it was very scrumptious.

Fondantgame

Been practicing. How to work with fondant and suddenly my kitchen is full of these fondant working tools.; little cutters, food-colors, brushes, silicon rolling pins and god-knows-what. Well, this was one of the too-many-test-cakes-could-not-eat-them-all and yeah… Next weekend I ought to be ready for the real deal. It won’t look anything like this, though, I promise.

Lye-bakings

Today I went to a lye-baking-course. Was so good. Like one of those TV-cooking-shows only live. And so you would get to eat everything in the end without having to lift up your finger. And could take as much with you as you could carry, too. Oh, and the best part was that it was even interesting! Six hours passed faster than on any school lecture.

Lye-snacks

They also showed us some snacks. So important for us bakers to produce these, they say. Well, I find them super yummy, so wouldn’t be a wonder if our customers did, too. Should offer more stuff like this! Though, with the broccoli one on the front I wasn’t quite convinced with.. Maybe with asparagus or paprika instead.

Hope the summer will be as delicious.. since it finally seems to have arrived!

Marika ~

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I’ve been baking lots, but nothing has turned out so great lately. Perhaps I haven’t put enough thought into what I’m doing, or then I’m rushing it too much. Or then I should simply blame the recipes.

Been trying to test out a few things from my school book. It has recipes for all the basic doughs, I just have to cut the amounts to fit them into a home oven. I’m of course missing all the special add-ons, which make the bakery breads all crispy and chewy. Should ask from my boss if I could buy/take some of those powders home for testing.

Sourdough I managed to catch already. It was about to be trashed but I saved it. Been feeding it now with simple 50% rye flour to 50% water mixture. Looks lively, but smells too sweet. Could be contaminated with yeast. And it comes anyway from some kind of ready-bough-started-mix – my workmate lectured me long about it, but I still didn’t understand enough… Have to see how they make it, so I really know what’s in it.

Well, despite not knowing it’s history too well, I already baked bread with it. It made me a rye bread, being a rye sourdough and me using more than 50% of rye flour in the dough. It’s funny though, that Germans are taught to use sourdough in rye breads only. So stands in my book at least and I have also received some curious looks at the bakery explaining them about my wheat flour sourdough. So is the world different.

And the rye bread I made – I let the loaves proof too long after shaping… and so scooping them out of banneton onto the oven pan kinda made them loose their structure. And they tasted like rye bread, flavor of which I’m still learning to like.

~Marika

Ps. Got school again, we’ll soon get to bake in the class as well – starting with simple muffins. Our group decided on macadamia-chocolate ones, we’ll see next week how they turn out. Oh, and my classmates have discovered a game called Angry Birds – yes, it’s only now hitting in here.

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I’m used to making a party out of every possible holiday, and therefore couldn’t resist buying a pumpkin for me to carve. It’s now cheering up our house. So small compared to the ones from my Mother’s garden, but cutie all the same.

Made me so happy to realize someone else having lit it up once the candles we placed had burned out. Guess the others like it too, then!

And the pumpkin served also another purpose. After trying out a bit too venturous cauliflower chocolate cake (for some reason I was left to eat it alone..), I went for a traditional pumpkin bread. So delicious, it’s a guarantee recipe from my Mother, another good one to post here as well. We’ll see when I get to that, still two nights of work left…

Doing good at work by the way, I’ve learned loads of new stuff – and my boss told me to choose some free pieces of cakes to take home with me, being such a good worker, I am.

Marika~

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I have Autumn holiday from school for two weeks now – if one can call it a holiday. Instead of school I have to work, and lucky me has ten nights in a row. Perhaps I’ll finally learn to go to bed early enough.

All in all I’m doing good. Had some three days free and been baking like I was at work. Made breadrolls with cheese, some real focaccia, loaves with all sorts of seeds, caramel slices (picture under, those were delicious and how could they not have been, with so much yumminess in them.. a bit messy looking though, I’m no chocolate expert) and of course melon bread. For melon bread I’ll be sharing some more pics and a recipe once I get it together.

Got some food from work again. What else can one do with a cauliflower but gratinate it? Any ideas?

That’s it for now, gotta head to bed!

Marika~

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…Doing so good at the bakery that you are given a loaf of bread to take home at the end of the day. And not one that you’ve baked wrong, but just one as a “thank you”.

…Starting to understand Germans and getting along with them. Maybe even making friends.

…Baking beautiful breads with sourdough. And yummy, too! This time with some added fiber. Oh, and finally found a wheat flour nr. 1050, been looking for it.

…Catching a shiny double rainbow outside the kitchen window.

…Flying to Finland with Carlos on Thursday morning! And seeing absolutely everyone again. And I’ll get to make a few cakes and such, too, yum yum.

Marika~

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Been having a good rest over the weekend. Carlos and I also had the time to finish our third room – got an exciting living room now. It’s almost as black and white as these baker pants of mine, which I promised to post some pics about:

Wearing those always to work, together with a random white t-shirt, apron and good walking shoes. It’s a nice uniform, though I don’t get it how my clothes keep getting so dirty all the time. I’m usually all covered in splashes by morning, whereas others look like the night just started. Maybe I should watch out more what I’m doing..

I did try to take pics of me actually wearing the clothes, too, but they turned out pretty chaotic. Funny still, I find.

And here’s the cake that was still missing cream cheese frosting last time I updated. Now it’s gone already, and oh-me-oh-my, it was delicious. Crushed butter cookies as a bottom, layer of homemade peach jam in between, then a basic lemon spongecake and the cream cheese topping with some orange in it. Another creation of my mind. Guess that’s what my subconscious is up to when I’m sleeping.. ..so, better get to bed now.

Marika~

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I feel like buying a clock to every single room of this flat or then just one for my wrist. My biggest lesson so far seems to be time management, and oh my – I sure have a lot to learn. Sleeping from 9 ’till 12 just ain’t the healthiest solution, but how can I help it when the world is so full of things to do.

Well, today I finally took the time for baking at home. Been having to buy bread lately, how rare! But now we got a bunch of quick wholemeal breadrolls.  And a cake creation in the fridge again, just missing some cream cheese frosting.

And now it’s sleeping time again! Be updating pics of my bakery clothes on the weekend. Have three nights free from Saturday ’till Monday!

Marika~

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