Friday, January 15, 2010

HBi5: Loaf of Bread, Epi, and Crackers

My first HBi5 post, and I think I'm sold with their concept. The whole way it works is you make a big batch of starter dough, which stays good in your fridge for up to two weeks. As the week goes by, you can cut pieces off of the starter as you please and make a large variety of fun breads. Plus, it's healthy!

This round was pretty simple. I started out with making a simple loaf of bread.

The bread was rich and delicious and had a wonderful nutty softness to it. We used it to make these paninis (what else!)


Inspired by Cooking Light, it is loaded with spinach, bacon, caramelized red onions and garlic, and a low-fat white cheddar. Talk about a rich and hearty sandwich, I was full for the rest of the night!

Later in the week I made an Epi shaped loaf of bread. It was fun and amazingly easier to make. It was also fun to tear off the individual "grains" and eat them as rolls. Again, wonderful wheaty flavor.



Coming in last, and probably my favorite were these great crackers. Rolled very thin and dusted with kosher salt and chili powder, they were crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside and great with lowfat cheddar cheese or cottage cheese. My kids also loved them!


So far, I'm very excited about this book!
Be sure to come back Monday, I have a long overdue giveaway that I'm absolutely giddy about!

26 comments:

Erica said...

How fun! I've really wanted to start doing this. All of your creations look incredible. I love fresh, homemade bread! Way better than anything store bought! That craving ellie pizza from your last post looks fantastic too! What a fabulous week of eats ;)

Velva said...

Teresa, love the bread idea. However, it's the crackers that are sending me over the edge. Those look really good. Perfect for entertaining.

♥peachkins♥ said...

those paninis look great! and with your bread, I'm sure its super delish!

Jenn said...

Neat idea!!! Isn't breadmaking fun!! My goal for this year is to start making sourdough.

doggybloggy said...

your bread looks excellent!

Kim said...

Everything turned out SO good! I love all the flavors on your panini and your crackers are perfect!

Alissa said...

Ben was just reading this post over my shoulder and said "She MADE crackers?!" he's pretty impressed! You rock girlfriend! I admire you!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

Wow, that bread looks great! Would love to use it for a grilled cheese sandwich!! :D

Michelle said...

The panini sandwich looks so good and a meal in itself! Epi is wonderful and very nicely shaped and your crackers are too die for!

Teresa don't forget to link up in the Bread Braid so that all our members can enjoy your breads.

Donna-FFW said...

I love all your breads, especially the crackers. Oh I so have to jump on this bandwagon:)

Megan said...

You did a great job on everything! That sandwich sounds killer! Love the epi! Wish now that i had made one.

Chow and Chatter said...

wow you did a great job love it, it is a great group so pleased I joined, smiles rebecca

moretolifethanlettuce said...

i love epi bread, i've never thought of baking it myself! so cool

Danielle said...

all your breads turned out great! I haven't made the epi yet. I hope mine comes out 1/2 as beautiful as yours

Teresa Bjork said...

Wow! Your crackers and epi look terrific! I'm so happy I made the investment in this cookbook. I can't believe how easy the recipes are. I've got a batch of dough from the "Artisan Bread" book in my fridge right now. My husband requested the "crusty white bread" for our soup supper tonight!

Lara said...

That looks like a book I need too. All of the food looks delicious. I've never made crackers before, but am intrigued by your picture and description!

Barbara Bakes said...

Love the idea of making whole wheat crackers! It all looks delicious!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Everything turned out great and looks delicious! I've never made my own crackers before - definitely have to change that.

Trish said...

Wow....very very cool! I also got a 'bread book' for Christmas....will have to dig that up. Similar concept also!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Great breads, and delicious sammie!

Kathleen said...

I really want some of those crackers!!

theUngourmet said...

Nice job! I need to get my hands on that book! :)

jscardon said...

What a cool idea!! That sounds like a great, must-have cook book. I love easy!!

Elizabeth said...

I love epi bread, so impressive that you made your own.

Ted and Stefanie Cross said...

I went and bought the Healthy Artisan Bread Book! After I saw this and watch a few videos on Youtube how could I not!? I have the dough in the fridge ready for me to come home tomorrow afternoon and whip up something! (garlic knots on the top of my list! Yummm!) Thank you!

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