Category Archives: Breads – Yeast Breads

Naan

I went back to a Paul Hollywood recipe for this week’s Cooking School. I’ve mentioned before how much I admire him and love his recipes, so often I’ll turn to his book, 100 Great Breads, when I’m looking for inspiration. This week I chose to make a favorite flatbread of mine: naan. Naan is a traditional Central and south-East Asian bread that is baked in ... Read More »

Hawaiian Sweet Bread

Hawaiian sweet bread was my favorite sandwich bread growing up, though I did not have it often. Even better was the fact that not only could I use it to make my peanut butter and jelly before school, but when there was a loaf of it in the house I could have really delicious toast for breakfast, too. Hawaiian sweet bread seems to be the ... Read More »

Semi-Rustic Masa Bread

When I think of a rustic bread, I picture long, slow rises and large holes punctuating the chewy interior of a dark, crispy loaf. It has to be hand-shaped, too. I don’t generally think of short rises and a fine crumb or texture. I chose to call this bread semi-rustic because it seems to have properties of both categories.Both the feel and flavor of the ... Read More »

Steamed Buns with BBQ Filling

I love yum cha/dim sum (and have always heard the terms used fairly interchangeably). I love how the food arrives so fresh and piping hot at your tableside, where you can pick and cheese what you want to eat. My favorite is definately the steamed buns (bau) filled with barbeque pork . I have not had any sort of yum cha in some time and, ... Read More »

Green Onion and Yogurt Bread

I definately like versatile bread recipes and, for me, they usually tend to be slightly sweet. Breads that have a hint of sweetness often compliment both savory dishes and sweet ones, as well as being delicious on their own. A cheese bread just doesn’t really work with blueberry preserves on it. On the other hand, breads that tend toward the savory can be complex and ... Read More »

Dried Fruit Focaccia

After seeing an article in my local newspaper for Martha Stewart’s Dried Fruit Focaccia, I wanted to make it. I love focaccia and one that is lightly sweetened and packed with dried fruit sounded delicious in general, as well as seeming like a good winter bread. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the recipe in my rather large pile o’ newspaper clippings and, eventually, opted to abandon ... Read More »

Whole Wheat Quinoa Bagettes

Not only was this a healthy and delicious bread incorporating one of my favorite grains, quinoa, it gave me a chance to use an ingredient I haven’t used before: vital wheat gluten. Vital wheat gluten is the protein found in wheat that has been (mostly) isolated from the wheat itself. It is useful, because it can be added to breads that contain low-gluten flours, like ... Read More »

Sourdough English Muffins

Bette’s Oceanview Diner is one of my favorite places in Berkeley, California. They have a cute, bustling diner feel – rare to find on this coast – and fantastic food. Their basic pancakes and scones are really excellent and their specials are equally delicious. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the enormous Dutch Bunny - a 12 inch puffed apple pancake – is definitely ... Read More »

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