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Product Review – Banneton Proofing Basket for Artisan Bread


Yali's Better Proofing Bowl

I have mentioned before that I often get the request to share recipes I try from Pinterest and more posts about cooking. So I recently had the opportunity to try and review this Banneton Proofing Basket for making Artisan Bread which also comes with a Danish dough wisk.

I thought bread making might be a fun thing to try, and it was a great way to spend some time with my niece on spring break. She is already a seasoned bread maker, so you I thought it would be great to give you the perspective of a newbie and that of a more experienced bread maker. As it turns out we both came to the same conclusions, but we will talk about that in a moment.

First let me tell you a little about the actual bowl (proofing basket). Its made of 100% all-natural hand-crafted cane, it’s food-safe, and it’s eco-friendly. It comes with a linen liner and with a 13” Danish dough whisk. It is used for making handmade artisan breads that need to rise. It is especially good for slow rising breads such as soda bread and sourdough bread.

We actually tried out two different recipes. First we made some Honey Buttermilk Bread that I found the recipe for on Pinterest. The original recipe comes from a blog called Restless Chipotle, make sure you check it out. We also tried out a pretzel recipe my niece had, but I am mainly going to focus on the bread recipe  because I don’t have a way to link you to the second recipe, and I didn’t get all the pictures I needed.

So we started by gathering everything we needed to make the Honey Buttermilk Bread, including the Banneton Proofing Basket.

Yalis Better Proofing Basket and ingrients for making the Honey Buttermilk BreadIn addition to what’s in the picture we also used a mixing bowl and two bread loaf pans.

Once everything was mixed up, the dough was transferred over to the Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket to let it rise.

Dough rising in the Yalis Better Banneton Proofing Basket

This is where we started to run into some trouble. Perhaps trouble isn’t the right word, maybe I should say we might have misunderstood something. As I said at the beginning the bowl is supposed to be good for slow rising bread. That is direct from their sales page. To me, when I read that I just understood it to mean that it was especially good for that, not that it would make the dough rise slower. But that is exactly what seemed to happen with both of the recipes we tried. With the Honey Buttermilk Bread we checked it at the called for time…..

Checking on the dough at the called for time

…and as you can see the dough had not fully risen. It ended up doubling our time on this dough to rise, and for the pretzel dough it at least tripled it.

When it finally had risen enough we separated the dough into the two pans.

putting the dough into the pans for the Honey Buttermilk Bread

And we cooked it and brought it out of the oven.

Finished Honey Buttermilk Bread

Now if you took a look at the links for the recipe then you know our bread turned out nothing like what it looked like there. This was supposed to be a light fluffy white bread. Something I imagine to be good for sandwiches. Instead ours obviously turned out to be very dense and much more like a banana bread. We had a similar experience with the pretzels. They both were still very good and tasty, just not what was expected.

We aren’t really sure what happened. I mean I may not be experienced at bread making, but I am a decent baker and cook otherwise. And my niece makes bread all the time. I am not sure if the bowl changed something we weren’t prepared for or if there was another factor we just haven’t thought of.

So here is our overall thoughts and extra information about the Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket. As I said early on, we both pretty much came to the same conclusions despite having different experience levels. There are both positives and negatives to the Proofing Basket.

Here are the positives:

  • We like the idea of having a dedicated bowl just for bread making
  • We love the linen cover that is fitted. It makes it so much easier than trying to use dish towels.
  • We love that it is eco friendly

Here are the negatives:

  • We didn’t like that it made the dough rise so much slower
  • What we didn’t know prior to receiving the bowl in the mail and reading the instructions is you can not wash this bowl. It also has a potential to grow mold which you have to use one of their methods to kill rather than wash. We both have a mold allergy, so we didn’t like this.

While there are both negatives and positives, at the end of the day, the negatives are just too big for us. Now this is not to say it’s not a good product or that you may have a different experience with it. I think we could have gotten past the dough rising slower, but the not being able to wash it, and the potential to grow mold is just too much for us.

If you are interested in trying the  Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket for yourself you can find it here on Amazon.

Tell me in comments below if you have tried this item before of something similar, and what did you think if you have.

 

I did receive this item at a deeply discounted price for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

 

 

 

 

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What I Tried On Pinterest This Week

Pinterest

I have had request from a few of you to share more about what I try on Pinterest, especially when in comes to recipes. I actually try a lot of things on Pinterest, so I am more than happy to accommodate that. I try various crafts and recipes at whim, so I can’t make promises on how regular these posts will be.

I know Pinterest gets a lot of criticism because the crafts often don’t actually work the way people say they do or they are unrealistic. Because of this Pinterest has recently added a new feature where people can rate whether they had success when they tried making what was on individual pins. Along with it you can leave a note. For instance there have been a few times recipes have been successful for me, but I had to make some small adjustments.

I think overall I have been pretty successful with my Pinterest attempts. I think there are three keys to making sure that you have successful Pinterest attempts too.

  1.  Be realistic about your skill level. Just because someone else makes something look easy, it doesn’t mean that  you have the same skill level they do.
  2.  Don’t be afraid to have some failures. No one is perfect at anything the first time they do anything, unless they are a prodigy.
  3.  Don’t be afraid to alter things and go with you gut. Let’s take the recipes for an example. There are a lot of things that can a recipe correct that is posted, but still need to be changed for you. The cookware you are using, temperature variations on the stove or oven you are using, environmental factors, dietary needs, and so much more can be reasons you may need to change a recipe slightly.

Just remember to have fun, and don’t take things so serious.

This past week had me trying two different recipes. The first was for a friend’s birthday party who wanted everyone to bring tapas style food. I hadn’t been feeling well for a while, so my energy levels were on low, but most of my friends are foodies so they expect big things. I wanted to find something to make that would take not too much effort, but make a big impression.

What I ultimately ended up making were these Baked Brie & Bacon Jam Phyllo Cups shared from the blog Wry Toast.

Baked Brie & Bacon Jam Phyllo Cups

This did go over incredibly well at the party. But I did have to make some small adjustments. The portions on the cheese and bacon seemed way off. I made a double batch, but the only thing I actually ended up using double of was the phyllo cups. I used maybe a quarter more of the ingredients to double it than to just make one batch.

The second recipe I tried out, you may already know about if you follow me on Instagram. I decided to give this Garlic Butter Chicken and Pasta  Slow Cooker Recipe a try. This was shared from The Magical Slow Cooker.

Garlic Butter Chicken and Pasta

I also made some alterations with this recipe, but I only found one of them to be necessary, and that was the I doubled the butter. The rest of my alterations were for personal taste.

For this dish I did snaps some pictures of the progression of making it.

The prep for the Garlic Butter Chicken and Pasta

This was the original ingredients that went into the crock pot. As you can see I decided to use whole baby carrots in mine instead of the slice carrots the original recipe calls for.

Adding extra ingredients to the Garlic Butter Chicken and Pasta

This picture didn’t turn out the best, but this is the point where the chicken got shredded and the peas are added.

Final results for the Garlic Butter Chicken and Pasta

And this was the end results after adding my pasta and cheese. My husband absolutely loved this. It had a lot of flavor, and the work load was minimal. If you can cook pasta, you can make this.

 

Tell me in the comments below what you tried on Pinterest last and how it went. And please share any tips you have for making Pinterest endeavors successful.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saying Goodbye To Summer With Voodoo Vixen and Simply Be

Its that time of year here in Kentucky where Mother Nature can’t decide if we should wear shorts or a fur coat. And as the temperature changes, for me and many people like me with fibromyalgia, it means we hurt. And its hard to get motivated to do much when your hurting. So please forgive my absence over the last few weeks, but between just the business of life and dealing with pain I have not been motivated to blog much. But because this is normal thing for me in the fall it also seems to be a bit of a normal thing for me to mourn the loss of summer.

So to say goodbye to what has been a really beautiful summer filled with friends and laughter, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite dresses I wore this year. It is from a brand I had not tried before this. One of my best friends threw a minion luau themed birthday party for another friends kid. So I decided to go more with the luau theme in my dress, as most of the adults did.

My dress was the Tropical Print Dress from Voodoo Vixen.

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And here it is on me – Excuse the awkward angle. I am still trying to get the hang of using the selfie stick.

2015-07-25 16.46.23The dress is no longer available on Voodoo Vixens website, but you can do as I did and purchase it from Simply Be. The only sizing that Simply has listed for Voodoo Vixen is size equivalents. For me this worked out as it says their 3XL is equal to a 20. I do typically wear a 20 in most plus size brands. The 3XL fit me quite well, but there was enough give in the fabric I think a small 22 could have fit it. So if you prefer the assistance of a size chart before buying this one or any of the other Voodoo Vixen dresses, you can find it here on Voodoo Vixens Website.

I was very happy with both the fit and the quality of the dress. I did get quite a few compliments from random people, which I always think of as a good thing, unless its creepy. On Simply Be’s site, it seems to be available in a size L to a 4XL, with the equivalent being 8 to a 22. If I am not mistaken I read somewhere the plus sizes are a new thing for this company. Not sure how new, but hopefully over time they will expand their size range in the plus sizes.

I was also really happy with how my makeup turned out that day.

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2015-07-25 16.47.01If you follow me on twitter or happen to be friends with me on my private Facebook account then you will have already have seen the pictures of the makeup. I was really inspired by a couple of pictures I saw on Pinterest, and I just tweaked it to fit my own color scheme and ability level with makeup. You can see the pictures that inspired me here and here.

If you are interested in doing a similar eyeshadow look, All colors were from ColourPop except the orange, and it was from NYX.

 

As usual, I want to hear from all of you. Have you tried Voodoo Vixen before? What was your verdict? What about makeup. Have you ever tried a look you saw on Pinterest?

 

 

 

 

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Desperately Seeking Dress – The Search For The Perfect Plus Size Peasant Dress

I actively read many other plus size fashion blogs and participate in several body positivity groups on Facebook. I post a lot on Pinterest almost daily. And I try to stay up to date on the various offerings available at the majority of plus size retailers. So when I miss something I am usually surprised. But then there are moments like this when I am not so much surprised as confused.

You see about a month ago I started seeing this dress pop up on Pinterest and people searching for it in various Facebook groups.

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People were saying they wanted the dress but Lane Bryant was currently sold out of their size. And to this day if you go to the link one of the patterns is showing still available in a 14/16W. As you can see here.

But they didn’t have the size I need. So I decided to call their phone line and see if they could help me find it in a local store. When I spoke to one of the customer service representatives they said they could look the dress up by the item# and track it from there. So I gave them the number listed on their website, which I was promptly told did not exist. Really???? How does that happen? I am sitting here looking at it on your website Lane Bryant. So I described the dress to them, and was told it didn’t even sound familiar. But they were willing to check with the local stores and see if they had anything that sounded familiar.

They checked and were told they did have two of the colors in stock at one of my local stores. So great, I had them hold one for me and then made my way to the store the next day. As I enter the store I see another peasant dress in a similar color as one of the options for the one I had been looking for. As soon as I saw it I knew what had happened, they had mistaken that dress for the one I was looking for.

So I decided to talk to the ladies that work in the store and show them the pictures on Pinterest and see if I just missed this dress or what. But even the ladies that had worked there for years did not remember ever seeing the dress. They said that it wasn’t a dress they remember from the last couple of years either.

So, does anyone know what’s up with this dress? When was it out? Was it available in the stores? Or was it online only? Or is Lane Bryant just messing with all of us ladies that would like to have this dress? Because till last month I had never heard or seen this dress before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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