My Chair Bread…

September 26th, 2009

A while ago, I stumbled across the Art House Co-op. They organize and exhibit co-operative art projects.  I decided to join the 10,000 project… 10,000 people are given a word and asked to interpret it.  Our word was CHAIR.  Well, after some thought, I realized that food is my art… so I came up with Chair bread using Cinnamon, Hazelnuts, Apples, Icing and Raisins… delicious!

My Chair Bread
(adapted from the Joy of Cooking)


3 tablespoon warm water
1 package yeast
1 cup warm milk
5 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and let sit for 5 min.
2. Add milk, butter, sugar, egg, salt and 2 cups of flour.
3. Gradual add 2 cups of flour until the dough is moist but not sticky.
4. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
5. Transfer to an oiled bowl and flip to oil the other side.
6. Let rise until doubled in size about an hour.
7. Roll the dough out into a rectangle and sprinkle with the CHAIR ingredients. Roll up the dough and place the seam side down into a greased 9 x 5 in loaf pan.
8. Let rise for another hour.
9. Preheat oven to 375. Brush with scrambled egg and bake for 40-45 minutes until the loaf sounds hallow when tapped.

Happy Swiss National Day!

August 1st, 2009

Happy Swiss National Day!

Have you ever been in a huge circle people, turned to the side so that you were directly behind the person in front of you and then sat down?  If everyone is perfectly balanced you find that you are now sitting on someone’s lap and you have someone sitting on your lap…everyone is sitting in a circle.  One Swiss National Day Eve when I was fourteen, I did just that… with a huge group of strangers and we became (at least temporarily) world record holders and fast friends.   We were down in Biel to see the fireworks and to begin celebrating…

On August 1st, the Swiss celebrate the creation of its country with parties, fireworks, lantern parades and Swiss flags decorating everything.  Even after we moved back to NC, my family would celebrate the day with some Swiss food and our own lantern parade around the neighborhood (until I was too old and embarrassed to do that).  Today, I was thinking of some fond memories… when we attended garden parties with friends, when W put this neat twirling firework on a ladder (I think I was seven), when I fell into the Aare trying to place my little lantern in it (I know I was fourteen!)…  August 1st is a really fun day…

I wanted to make something special for today like Bretzel Brot but unfortunately I don’t have time.  Instead, I noticed the store had some pretzel bread… One of my favorite favorite favorite foods in Switzerland is Bretzel Brot with butter and salami!!!!  I love it!!!!  ALOT!!!!!  The American version almost hit the spot but really it is not the same unless you buy it at the Bahnhof before embarking on some adventure in the Alps…

Happy Swiss National Day to all my friends in Switzerland!  I hope to see you soon!

You know Ginny is stressed when…

February 20th, 2009

She finds herself pounding out her stress on bread! This semester has reached that point. I have so much work to do that I am not quite sure when exactly it is going to be done… but I keep working…

I have some good news. I have a summer job! I am very excited about it.  I love history and art. I also love law especially the legal research, the analytical reasoning and the daily interaction with clients. When I went to law school, I was hoping to find the intersection between these interests. This summer I will be interning at one of the museums here in Chicago learning the ins and outs of museum law. I can’t wait!

In the blogging world, you develop friendships with other bloggers. One particular blogger has really made an impression on my life. She is so sweet and thoughtful. She always unnecessarily apologizes when it has been awhile since I have heard from her. Lately, she has also been under a ton of stress. Although I know she couldn’t eat this bread, I would like to dedicate it to her. This is for Veggie Girl!  (when I get my friend’s excellent vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe, I will really dedicate something to you…if I could just track down that recipe)

I made this bread with some leftover pesto and goat cheese.  I would like to send it over to Bayleaf’s Bread Mania Event.  It was quick and delicious!

Pesto-Goat Cheese Swirl Bread
(adapted from Betty Crocker)

3 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package quick active dry yeast
1 1/8 warm water
2-3 tablespoons of pesto
3 ounces of goat cheese, crumbled

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water with the sugar and salt. Make sure the mixture is bubbling so as to assure that you did not kill the yeast.
2. Mix in the flour and olive oil.
3. Mix in enough flour to make dough easy to handle.
4. Knead dough for about 10 min.
5. Place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise for 40-60 minutes or until double.
6. Grease a loaf pan.
7. Punch down the dough and roll it into a square. Spread with the pesto and sprinkle with the goat cheese. Starting at one end, roll up the dough and place into the loaf pan.
8. Cover and let rise for 35-50 minutes.
9. Heat oven to 425. Bake 25-30 minutes.