Monday, December 19, 2011

New Baking Toy!

imageActually, this is more than a New Baking Toy – it’s Step 1 in a however-many step plan to bake the perfect Malt Bread, exactly as I remember it from childhood, or as near as makes no nevermind.

Here’s the toy…

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Bought new in box on etsy for not too much money, and shipped BEAUTIFULLY packed – I’m very impressed.

The actual malt bread I’m thinking of is NOT the “malt loaf” popularly known by the name Soreen in the U.K.  That looks icky; it’s full of fruits and whatnot.  What I’m searching for is authentic Canadian malt bread, such as that turned out every day in the Dempster’s factory and sold without a hechsher in supermarkets very near my home.

The bread itself is sweet, but not too sweet.  It has a definite malt taste, and – I’m thinking now – perhaps some molasses as well.  It has a dark colour, but that could easily just be caramel colour… which I don’t have.  Definitely no fruit, no puréed dates or raisins or whatever else British people think belongs in a malt loaf.

As for the Bake A Round, this cool pyrex pan creates perfectly round breads, apparently with a lovely, crisp, artisan-style (shudder) crust. 

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It’s a fascinating shape, although the true malt bread is more like this round, bumpy shape:

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In the U.K., where – again – everybody knows about such things, this is known as “milk loaf.”  And it is baked into those beautiful swirly round lines in a “milk loaf tin.”  Here’s one I found on eBay – at $40, actually not all that expensive.

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But for now, I’m happy with my Bake A Round.  Ted’s off work tomorrow, so I hope I can go toivel it and get started baking delightful, crispy, eventually malty loaves.

(oh, just remembered – Step 1 was actually buying the malt syrup; that’s probably an important one…!)

2 comments:

  1. How cool! My mom calls bread baked in that shape a "bolster roll"... I wonder whether that's a British or a Caribbean thing?

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  2. A bolster roll isn't a type of BUN! It's the long round candy-shaped thingies (inside, they're plain foam cylinders) that my mother-in-law in Calgary has festooning her GIANT bed in Calgary - along with drapes, fringes, frills and two giant M's above the bed (for Mary and Michael). I had to practically fling myself up onto the bed... then fling the bolster rolls and other accoutrements off the bed so I'd have room to sleep.

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