Category Archives: Breads – Yeast Breads

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are slightly sweet, spiced rolls that are marked with a cross on top. They’re typically served on Good Friday, before Easter, but the origins of this tradition are somewhat murky, as some stories state that the cross-topped buns were around before they became one of the traditions of this particular holiday, made by Greeks and Saxons long before they became a staple ... Read More »

Peppers and Cheese Focaccia

Pepper and Cheese Focaccia, slices

Focaccia, like pizza, is a bread that has almost and unlimited number of topping possibilities. In it’s most basic form, the flatbread can be topped with just olive oil, salt and herbs. If you want to move away from the very traditional type, it’s easy to dress it up with any kind of vegetable or cheese, and you can even use fruit if you want ... Read More »

Easy King Cake

King Cake, cream cheese filling

King Cake is a traditional pastry served for the celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is made with a rich bread dough that is filled with a cinnamon mixture and braided into a ring. It is typically frosted, and adorned with purple, yellow and green (purple to represent justice, green to represent faith, and gold to represent power). These days, there are a ... Read More »

Classic Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread, eaten

I have always assumed that monkey bread gets its name from the fact that you need to pull it apart with your fingers to eat it, getting all sticky from cinnamon and caramel as you indulge in bite after bite of warm, sweet bread. The bread is nothing more than a big pile of dough balls that have been dunked in butter and sugar before ... Read More »

Garlic Soft Pretzels

Garlic Salt Pretzel

Plain, salt-topped soft pretzels are one of the best snacks out there. They’re a great combination of chewy, crispy and salty – and they’re actually very easy to make at home. As good as they are when plain, however, it’s also easy to see them as a blank canvas for all kinds of other toppings. Much like a plain pizza, it can really be customized ... Read More »

Champagne Savarin

Champagne Savarin, innards

Savarin is a French cake named after Brillat-Savarin, the famous 18th century gastronome and writer. The cake is almost a bread and is leavened with yeast. In fact, it does have some similarities to brioche, though it is a bit less rich and much less time consuming to make. The yeast caked is not very sweet and primarily has a buttery flavor to it. After ... Read More »

Spelt White Bread

White Spelt Bread

Spelt flour is an alternative to wheat flour that is popping up in more and more places these days. It isn’t gluten free, but the gluten is spelt is generally considered to be a little more delicate than the protein in wheat, so it will impart a different texture to baked goods. Specifically, it can actually make things more delicate or crumbly than all purpose ... Read More »

Cuban Bread

Cuban Bread

One of my favorite places to get a sandwich in Los Angeles is Porto’s Bakery. It’s a Cuban bakery that makes all kinds of amazing pastries, sandwiches and other sweet and savory treats. They make all their bread (everything in the bakery, actually) from scratch every day and it is not only delicious, but consistently so. Thousands of people cross through the doors of their ... Read More »

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