Category Archives: Breads – Yeast Breads

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 »

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread

Despite the occasionally negative comments that I have heard about Beth Hensperger’s Bread Bible, I (so far) have always had good results with it. Last week, when I was looking for a bread to make for Thanksgiving, I flipped through the book, looking for something that would be hearty but not too heavy to accompany the big meal. I had in mind that I wanted ... Read More »

Rooibos Cinnamon Raisin Rolls

Every month, Adagio Teas has a TeaChef contest. When you sign up, they’ll send you a free sample of the month’s featured tea, which you can use to create an original recipe. The recipes are submitted back to the site and, at the end of each month, you can vote for your favorite recipe to win. The prize? Something tea-related and the honorary title of ... Read More »

Orange Cinnamon Swirl Bread

“What would a bread book be without a recipe for a sugar and spice swirl” asks Beth Hensperger, before sharing her recipe for Orange Cinnamon Swirl bread with the readers of The Bread Bible. Ms. Hensperger’s book is her bread bible, containing 300 of her favorite recipes. The otherbread bible, by Nancy Silverton was published a few years after this one. I personally find the ... Read More »

Honey and Saffron Loaf

I am a big fan of Paul Hollywood. Not only is he a fabulous baker with some amazing recipes, he is great at explaining techiniques and method. On camera, he virtually always mixes with his hands, not using so much as a spoon, let alone an electeic mixer. His kneading is impressively and skillfully done – sometimes one handed! Paul must have been one of ... Read More »

From-scratch Sourdough Starter

There are three ways to come by a starter: Catch wild yeast Use packaged yeast Buy/Borrow/Steal I would say that the best way to start a starter is to get some from a friend. Sourdoughs – and their starters – get their flavor from long and slow development, so the older your starter is, the more character it is likely to have. Of course, a ... Read More »

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