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Even since I made my first loaf of bread, my kids have been asking for three things: bagels, croissants, and donuts. Ugh. All three intimidate me, between the lye for the bagels, the laminated croissant dough, and boiling oil for the donuts.

Nonetheless, when food blogger @horneandoalgo recently asked me if I had ever made sourdough donuts, I started googling and then got inspired to give it a go.

Here are some tips from my experience using the recipe of @mydailysourdoughbread and below are my photos (warning: my donuts are funny shaped), plus my own recipe/instructions for making white and dark chocolate cream filling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breadtopia recently published a blog that I wrote describing a bread experiment I did and its surprising results. I’ve now repeated the study on a different wheat and had even more unexpected results. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Pizza night is a big deal in my house. We go overboard with topping choices, and get a little competitive about pizza beauty. Ironically, despite all my bread-baking and dough handling, my pizza invariably turns out the ugliest. Tastes amazing though!

This recipe can be multiplied and the size/number of the pizzas can be played with as you see fit. You can also change the ratio of whole grain flour to white flour. Read the rest of this entry »

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I love flatbreads — with bean or lentil based stews and curries, with Za’atar and olive oil, and used in place of flour tortillas for soft tacos. (Unfortunately most store bought flour tortillas have hydrogenated oil.)

I came across this recipe on Instagram and modified it very little. No baking powder needed in my opinion, but yes a dash of salt, and I like a little butter brushed on the bread before flipping. Here is a short YouTube video of naan being flipped on the fry pan.

I’ve used sourdough starter in all states of growth and dormancy, and the naan has come out great. Read the rest of this entry »

 

I’ve always been a fan of kumquats, and I’ve always been a fan of cakes without frosting, so this is a win-win. The kumquats, butter and brown sugar form a caramelized tangy citrus goo on top of the cake, and underneath is a tender olive oil concoction. Read the rest of this entry »

Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t know that the skin of fruit had yeast on it that could be harvested and multiplied, and then used to make bread that has hints of fruit flavor, a tender crumb, and all the beauty and science-fun of natural leavening.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Peter Reinhart’s Challah recipe from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice

I put Reinhart’s recipe in metric and made very minor adjustments to technique (basically the yeast prep).

Challah is so delicious and addictive. At my kids’ preschool, I learned to tear challah rather than cut it, and that it is acceptable for a kid to answer, “Both!” to the question, “Butter or cream cheese?”

I prefer butter, but plain and squished in your hand while driving is pretty awesome too.

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Empanadas de Guayaba y Queso (Guava and Cheese Empanadas / Hand Pies / Turnovers)

My first time eating these was at the airport in Miami on my way back from visiting family in Buenos Aires. I fell in love. I started serving guava paste with hard cheeses as an appetizer, but didn’t try making pastries until a comedy video on the YouTube Mitú channel led me to a blog called My Big Fat Cuban Family that features Pastelitos de Guavaba y Queso using Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets. I was about to drop a box of these in my cart at the grocery store when I read the ingredients and saw hydrogenated cottonseed oil. Back onto the freezer shelf it went. I believe Whole Foods sells puff pastry sheets made with butter only, so someday I may buy them and follow the Cuban Family recipe…or maybe I will learn to make laminated dough myself.

In the meantime, here is my recipe for guava and cheese pastries, empanada style, with pie crust.  Read the rest of this entry »

A refreshing sourdough recipe to try this summer, or whenever you want a nutritious and unique bread.

My kids loved this bread, although only one of them actually likes quinoa as a dish. In fact, my daughter suggested I write:

“Step into summer with this citrus and mint sourdough bread…and leave out the gross quinoa if you want. By the way, we grow mint along our driveway, so come on over and get some.”

She’s a natural writer.

In all seriousness, sprouting quinoa makes it taste a little sweeter, and the lemon zest and mint turn the bread into a gourmet salad that you can top with crumbled feta or goat cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cheese sourdough breads are a favorite in my house, and I’ve made them many different ways, using many forms of cheese. My husband likes shredded cheese that is diffused throughout the crumb. My daughter likes big chunks that burn on the crust. My older son just loves it any way, and my younger son doesn’t like cheese inside bread (gasp!?).

In this Durum Herb Cheese Bread blog post I wrote for Breadtopia, I outline several was to add cheese and herbs, and show pictures of the resulting crumb they produce.

Below is my recipe for Cheddar Chive Thyme Sourdough Bread where the cheese and herbs are added after the bulk fermentation. Read the rest of this entry »

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