Breads and Pastries

Seeds and Rye Bread v1

Nutritious, flavorful, and easy to make.  What more can you ask from a loaf of bread?  More?

What about a finished loaf of bread, using yeast, in less than 3 hours from start to finish?  Or that No Knead 3 + 3 Bread can help you get over your bread yeast anxiety.  And it doesn’t want to be kneaded.

Seriously, no kneading? [click to continue…]



Dutch Baby, Bismark Pancake, German Pancake –  no matter what you call them, these giant [click to continue…]



Sourdough BaguettesWild yeast is holding me hostage.  It’s making me bake the most intriguing  (and good tasting) breads I could ever imagine, and I don’t want to stop.

Red Quinoa Sourdough, wild yeast, levain, natural yeast. The beasties are known by many names.


Wild yeast grow a lot.  They want to be fed often.  They can get out of control fast.  Yet, they make you wait.  Anticipation of a pending bake has taken over nights of sweet somber.


Their rogue ways require patience.  They’ll teach you to understand them.

Hurricane BouleYou’ll smile when they perform.

Bacon Onion Cranberry SourdoughThe wild yeast bread chase:  undeniable tang and flavors from long fermentations.  Shattering crust.  Moist open crumb.

Intrigued?jalapeno cheese sourdoughJust a little more time and another hundred loaves to polish techniques and we’ll journey together.

The wild beasties will capture you.

Stay tuned.


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kaak v1

They swing from rods in the rolling street carts, looking like purses except they’re coated with sesame seeds.  Take a closer look and you see that they are ka’ak, a Middle Eastern flatbread, popular in Lebanon, often eaten as breakfast or for a snack.   From the carts, you can get ka’ak filled with za’atar or smeared with cheese or hummus. [click to continue…]


Knot Rolls v1Fresh and hot rolls from scratch can easily be a reality from your kitchen.  Add a knot or two and they’ll think you’re a pro baker.

If it’s around the holidays and there’s too many family members running around, [click to continue…]


Cranberry Bread Braid

Looks complicated, huh?

It’s not!  If you haven’t baked bread before, start with this recipe for it will encourage you to keep going.  The barely sweet dough, enriched with eggs and butter, is forgiving and cooperative making it easy to knead and shape.

As this bread bakes, your kitchen fills with the heavenly aromas of vanilla, orange and cranberry.   [click to continue…]