Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tabbouleh Bread (22nd Bread Braid) & Wild Rice and Onion Bread

I've never had Tabbouleh Salad before, but always wondered what it tastes like.  I knew it had lots of parsley in it being that I stare at it everytime I'm shopping at Whole Foods and walk by the salad bar.  The farthest I've gotten with bulgur is using it in a meatloaf so trying it in bread sounded interesting!  I'm not sure if this helps with knowing the correct pronunciation, but Tabbouleh is also known as tabouleh or tab(b)ouli according to Wikipedia.  It is a Levantine salad typically containing bulgur, parsley, mint, tomato, and spring onion, seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil. 

 I decided to keep it simple for my first loaf and just made an oval.  Here it is proofing on my pizza pan covered with saran wrap (the only change I made was to use two cloves of garlic for half the recipe):
The loaf browned nicely and smelled good as it baked and it tasted pretty good too, but I was disappointed that neither the garlic or the parsley taste came thru much at all.  I even had trouble discerning the lemon at times.  The bread was good though.  I'd like to make it again using Michelle's version over at Big Black Dogs and trying to incorporate maybe another ingredient you typically find in the salad.  Here is my finished loaf:
With the remainder of my half recipe dough I made pita pockets to stuff tuna salad into.   I managed to make the pita pockets, but they didn't quite have the texture and thickness of pita bread I've had before.  Next time I'll try a dough recipe specifically tailored to making pita pockets.  I rolled the dough into 7 in. rounds, then baked them ~ 10 min. at 400 degrees.  Here's one of my prepared pockets with some chips and apples gotten from a local orchard:
  The second assigned bread for the 22nd bread braid was Turkish Pear Coffee Bread.  It just didn't sound very appealing and I still don't have any ground cardamom, which the recipe calls for.  So I didn't make this bread (yet), but I might try it over the holidays if I get some ground cardamom next time I'm at Penzey's.

Instead of the Pear Coffee Bread, I tried one the recipes from "Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day" book.  I hadn't had a chance to try one of his with all the other breads I've been baking.  The one I wanted to try first was the Wild Rice and Onion Bread on page 113.  I really like wild rice and since I had all the ingredients for the bread and Peter said it was the second most popular bread at Brother Juniper's Bakery, I had to try it.  It smelled good even before I baked it, with the dried minced onion in the dough.  I added a pinch of dried thyme and some fresh minced rosemary to the dough also.  He says that at Thanksgiving they added parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, and black pepper to the bread and it became a wonderful bread to use in making stuffing.  Here's my finished loaf:
This bread tasted wonderful!!! A great addition to our Beef Barley Stew we had for dinner that night.


  1. Wow! Your bread looks delicious! I also liked the Tabbouleh bread and I want to make Michelle's version next time too.

  2. WOW..WOW..WOW! Your Rice and Onion Loaf is just gorgeous! I've made many of Reinhart's recipe but not this one, which is now on my ToDo List.

    With Tabboolee you really need to add a little bit of mint to bring out the parsley flavor. And like most of the WW doughs, you almost have to double to seasoning or else the WW flavor seems to overpower them.

    The Tabbouleh dough might have been a bit too wet for pitas. I bet they tasted great!

  3. Your breads looked great. I think it is all the stuff in the dough that kept it from puffing like my master recipe pitas do. I bake mine at 500 for 6 minutes. I may try 400 for 10 to see if there is a difference. Like the sound of the wild rice bread.

  4. Your breads look absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for participating, I hope you are enjoying all the breads!

    Cheers, Zoë François

  5. Your breads look great. I, too, am baking from the Peter Reinhart book. I'm tackling the sourdough's at the moment!

  6. Your tabbouleh bread looks great! I think you've convinced me to make a freeform loaf. I'm working on it today. I also used more garlic. Yum!

    That wild rice and onion loaf looks and sounds wonderful. I have the book so I think I'll need to make this one sometime soon. Thanks for sharing.