Simply Great Breads by Daniel Leader provides recipes for a variety of yeasty treats. This week I had two different recipes I thought I'd give a whirl.
First off, Angel Biscuits. Not very difficult to mix up. The only issue I had was A. a mistake in the measurements (I informed the publisher) and B. I had to wait overnight to eat them.
Result: Fluffy sweet biscuits. Yum! Maybe a bit too sweet for my tastes though. Next time I'm reduce the sugar a bit.
Second, Brioche Muffins. I've never had brioche before. Where have you been all my life?! These took lots of time to rise but OH MY! they were worth waiting for. They taste like how a fluffy bread cloud would taste if they existed.
I made the cinnamon-cardamon variation. It's almost like a hot cross bun but way better.
Considering all the butter and eggs I used this week, I won't be going for a cholesterol test any time soon but these breads were a nice treat. Some of the recipes are a bit ambitious (bagels) though there are easy ones too (pancakes). They require patience as they some need rising overnight or longer. Good time management is key. Don't plan on whipping up a batch of Parker House rolls an hour before having supper with the in-laws. Using a standing mixer, of course, makes kneading bread easier but the author provides instructions on kneading by hand if you'd like to give it a try.
Some other recipes you'll find include bread sticks, challah, crumpets, waffles, pizza dough, and more. The instructions themselves are easy to follow and Daniel Leader has a few tips or explanations at the beginning of each to make it easier. So if you have a bread tooth and a bit of patience, I think you'll enjoy Simply Great Breads.
I received this cookbook from the publisher via Netgalley for review.