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How do I use a baking stone?

Baking Stone in the oven

A baking stone is a large, usually thick, piece of stoneware that is often recommended for bread and pizza baking. The instructions usually say to put them on the bottom or middle rack of your oven, then preheat it for an extra-long time before baking. Using a stone is said to improve the crust of both bread and pizza, but often little explanation is given ... Read More »

Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia

Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia

It’s funny what inspires you to bake, sometimes. This Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia was inspired by some really, really mediocre bread that I was served at an Italian restaurant recently. It is completely unlike that bread, and it was the fact that I was wishing for some good focaccia with lots of garlicky olive oil that make me come home and bake my own. I ... Read More »

No-Knead Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

No-Knead Dinner Rolls

No-knead bread is simple, but when I heard the promise of No-knead Dinner Rolls in an issue of Everyday Food, I was hooked. Dinner rolls always sound simpler and less complicated than baking a full loaf of yeast bread, much like baking a batch of cupcakes just sounds less labor-intensive than baking a multi-layer cake. But like the cupcakes, it turns out that making dinner ... Read More »

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

A slice of toast is always a great complement to breakfast foods, especially egg dishes, whether I’m eating at home or out at a diner. Whole wheat and sourdough make great toast, but I would have to say that cinnamon raisin bread makes better toast still. Most cinnamon raisin bread – including this homemade cinnamon raisin bread – has a buttery, sweet flavor to it ... Read More »

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins

English muffins don’t come in with too many flavor options beyond plain and sourdough, although whole wheat do seem to pop up more and more often these days. The one real flavor that english muffins come in is cinnamon raisin – and it’s a good one. When the spicy muffins toast up, the cinnamon scent and flavor is released from the bread and the raisins ... Read More »

No-Knead White Bread

No-Knead Pot Bread, interior

Bread baking is perceived as being a very time-consuming and tricky process, with yeast, flour, proofing and shaping to contend with. This is why the concept of low-maintenance “no-knead” bread is so appealing. I tend to think that bread making only seems time consuming because of the long rises, not the few minutes of kneading dough, but I’m always up for a recipe that is ... Read More »

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 »

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