Category Archives: Breads – Quick Breads

Homemade Corn Tortillas

All through my childhood, I viewed corn tortillas as just being “okay”. They were often dry and bland. Flour tortillas, though not often completely insipred, had a chewiness and breadier flavor that I prefered. This opinion completely changed the day that I made corn tortillas at home. In fairness, since memory is not always completely accurate, I am sure that I had reached some level ... Read More »

Zucchini Cornbread

I feel like I have been in a bit of a rut lately. Looking back through the last couple of weeks, I can see that this isn’t entirely true, not as far as posting is concerned, but that doesn’t change the way I feel. I think it’s because of the seasons. It’s the end of summer and the end of the summer season means cooler ... Read More »

Southern Style Buttermilk Biscuits

Not being from the South, I will state that I am not an authority on biscuits. In fact, most of the biscuits I have eaten in my life have been the kind you might find in the refrigerated section of the market. I probably have never had an authentic Southern biscuit. They look tasty, though, so I set about to make some. If you have ... Read More »

Rhubarb and Ginger Loaf Cake

When I saw some brightly colored stalks of rhubarb at the market, I simply couldn’t resist buying a few. This was an odd impluse, because I have never, ever cooked or even eaten rhubarb in anything other than a jam. Incidentally, I am currently in possession of an amazing Raspberry-Rhubarb preserves from Mt Valley Orchard. Not only is this variety amazing, but they make 80 ... Read More »

Lemon Scented Popovers

I like popovers. I like the way they’re crispy on the outside and custardy on the inside. They take almost no time to make and look impressive. I used this recipe from Epicurious and added 1 tbsp of lemon zest and 1 tsp vanilla. I think the lemon flavor would have been even more pronounced with a tablespoon of lemon juice, or a bit of ... Read More »

Flour Tortillas

At first I did not believe that it is impossible to make a great pizza in a conventional oven on a baking sheet. After all, I have made pizzas this way many times. Our instructor mentioned today that if your oven is hot enough to produce an excellent crust, the toppings will be burnt long before the crust is done. Therefore, you must use a ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon and Blueberry Bread

In looking for a way to use up the rest of my meyer lemons, it occured to me to make some sort of baked good. A stretch, I know. Actually, my first thought was to make a lemon pudding. This thought took place before I completely lost my appetite for custardy desserts, so it wouldn’t do. I started searching for lemon bread recipes instead. The ... Read More »

Apple Streusel Muffins

Apple Streusel Muffins

I’m taking baking class at a cooking school here in LA and today the focus was on quick breads. We made scones, carrot cake and muffins. The class is very small and everyone gets to make everything on their own, an advantage that not all schools can offer. The Apple Streusel Muffins were my favorite of the day. The general reaction was something along the ... Read More »

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