Bread and Better: Breakfast Brioche Bun

“A good food is mouthwatering when you see it and finger licking when you eat it.” Amit Kalantri Yeasted breads and pastries made with enriched dough can be found all over the world. In the bread world, the term “enriched” means that these doughs are made with all the good stuff: milk, butter, eggs and […]

Winter Power: Shiitake Mushroom Muffins

“Mushrooms are like men–the bad most closely counterfeit the good.” Gavarni Mushrooms have always been approached with great human curiosity. Associated with magic, spiritual power and mystical revelation, mushrooms have been used as foods, healing agents, poisons, ritual artifacts, and hallucinogens. They are hunted by enthusiasts the world over, and play a central role in numerous lavish […]

A Little Drop of Summer: Zacusca and Walnut Soft Bundt Bread

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck   Zacuscă (Romanian) is a vegetable spread popular in Romania.The main ingredients are roasted eggplant, sauteed onions, tomato paste, and roasted red peppers . Some add mushrooms, carrots, or celery. Bay leaves are added as spice, as well […]

An Ultimate Surprise: No-fuss Glutenfree Sandwich Loaf

“How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life.” Marcus Aurelius   Soft, traditionally tasting and high-rising…not necessarily what one associates with gluten-free bread. Most gluten free baked goods are dry, crumbly and their taste resembles that of paper (especially for whoever tried to eat paper). It is, however, possible […]

The Humble Scone and His Outfits : the Cheese, the Potato, the Ham, the Soured Cream and all…

“…when someone says they hate scones that generally means they’ve never had a good scone…” Unknown What are scones? Bread? Pastry? Cake? Dessert? Side-dish? Main? In my experience it depends on the ingredients, on the occasion and on the cultural heritage.   Scones originally were types of quick bread. I Scotland for example, originally made […]

Rising (to the Challenge): Homemade Danish Pastry

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen Danish pastry, called wienerbrød in Danish is a laminated yeast-leavened dough, with a texture similar to puff pastry. The origin of the Danish pastry is known to be related to the 1850 strike that forced the Danish bakery owners […]

Forever Foraging: Hazelnut and Buckwheat Crackers (Gluten and Dairy Free)

“Have nuts and be nuts.” Criss Jami Hazelnuts are important nut for foragers because of their quick maturing, high yields and their widespread wild growth (can tolerate most soils), they can be found practically everywhere. Encountering hazelnuts in the wild almost certainly limited to the fresh and green: the squirrels don’t generally miss wild nuts […]

Autumn Tangerine: Carrot bread

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery As leaves change from green to yellows, reds, browns and oranges to signal the arrival of autumn, the mood and taste of people often captures the season with  matching variation of culinary sensations. Orange is certainly one of the dominant colours, and […]

Chicken Stock Bread

“And believe me, a good piece of chicken can make anybody believe in the existence of God.” Sherman Alexie Stock is usually one of those things that busy housewives don’t have time for at home, however, there are really easy methods for making a great one. Being the basis of many sauces or other dishes, chicken […]