Holiday Cooking

 
Holidays are a time for family, friends and good food; but most importantly, it's an opportunity to show off your cooking skills. Questions, recipes and ideas for holiday cooking should be posted here.
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Easily the most food-centric holiday in the US, preparation of a proper thanksgiving meal has turned into something of an art form. Stop arguing with Grandma over the gravy; post your question, comments and secret recipes here.
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2015-12-07 10:29
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Talk cookies, candies, roasted goose or anything else you may serve for Christmas Dinner.
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2015-12-20 20:00
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While some people think of New Year's Eve as a champagne filled party night, for most restaurants, it's their highest grossing night of the year. Post tasting menus, party ideas, apps or drink recipes to help ring in the New Year.
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Share your favorite recipes and tricks for leg of lamb, egg decorating or roasted rabbit. Whatever you're serving this Easter, we want to hear about it.
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The last four weeks, all but one of my loaves of "English-Muffin" Bread have turned out like this:

Prior to that, I hadn't had any trouble and I have not (knowingly) changed any ingredients, procedures or equipment. 

Why is this happening and how can I prevent it? Thanks. 

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When I was in Honduras and had made a side trip to Guatemala, I found a coffee jelly/jam that I eventually used for a new recipe I developed. Now that I'm back in the States, I can't get that jelly any more, so I have been looking into making some myself. 

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I've been developing a seeded multigrain sourdough loaf with considerable success, if I do say so myself.

I'm interested in putting this on a firm mathematical footing in terms of baker's percentage.

In addition to bread flour, whole wheat flour, and rye flour, I'm using pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, cracked wheat, and medium cornmeal.

So do I add grams of the "extras" as I calculate hydration? Perhaps I count the cornmeal and the cracked wheat but not the whole seeds?

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I'm happy with my sourdough rye, but my wife would perfer a less dense version, something more deli like.  She also, however, wants not to reduce the rye-ness.

I'm using 1 part Hodgson Mill whole grain rye flour to 2 parts major brand wheat bread flour..  It's at 65 percent hydration.

So what might I do assuming that I don't want to change the rye/wheat proportion?  I figure that proofing schedule, handling, or hydration could be variables worth looking at  But there's also oven temperature and how long the loaf's under cover that might have an effect.

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I wasn't sure which bread forum to ask this in. What I'm looking for, or interested in creating is a list of common ingredients used in various bread, expressed as range of bakers percentages used.

I know it could be be almost any percentage I would like depending on my personal taste. I'm just talking in general, a percentage range for fats, sugar, eggs, potato flakes, dried milk, cocoa etc. that you would find in in various breads.

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