Category Archives: Baking and Baked Goods

Recipe: Josey Baker’s Everything Bread

Everything Bread captures the garlicky, seed-y essence of an everything bagel but with the added tang of Josey Baker’s sourdough. Josey gave me some clues about the preparation; I guessed the rest and think I got pretty close to what … Continue reading

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Recipe: Digger Bread

Welcome to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco. The other day I drove past the Panhandle, a mile long grassy strip where the Diggers gave away bread to keep people nourished while they were grooving. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Leftover Banana Bread

The Eagle Brand condensed milk adds a nice richness to this leftover banana bread. A good thing to make after the holidays when you discover lots of blackened bananas lurking in the corners of your refrigerator. Makes 1 big loaf. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Accident Bread

Accident Bread happened because I was experimenting with Sirvinta wheat, a heritage grain I picked up at the Maine Kneading Conference. I was under the impression it was a high extraction flour but the resulting dough was quite different than expected. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Election Cake

U.S. Election Day in the early years of our Republic was a happy and festive occasion. Election Cake was served as a reward for voting or simply to celebrate democracy. A number of bakers are offering it this year to encourage … Continue reading

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Recipe: Favorite Pie Crust

This pie crust is based on Christopher Kimball’s method in the Cook’s Bible, with a few important tweaks. He uses only butter but I would insist on at least some animal fat if serving with a Texas-style barbecue meal. Makes one … Continue reading

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Recipe: Buttermilk Pie a la Micklethwait

I was inspired by the life-changing buttermilk pie at Micklethwait’s Craft Meats in Austin, and this is pretty close in my opinion. It’s based on a Southern Living recipe which is what I expect the Micklethwait pastry chef would be … Continue reading

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Recipe: Sourdough Rye with Anise and Caraway

This pleasing sourdough rye started with a need to use up some white rye flour, but more common medium rye would work fine. Makes one two-pound loaf. Ingredients: 200 g refreshed whole rye starter @100% hydration 375 g (1 1/2 … Continue reading

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Recipe: Amy Halloran’s Ambassador Pancakes

Amy Halloran is author of The New Bread Basket, a passionate book about the benefits of locally-grown grains (including why they taste so much better than mass-market flour brands). To demonstrate how much tastier fresh-ground local grains can be, she … Continue reading

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Recipe: Go-To Sourdough Bread

This is my favorite sourdough bread recipe which I’ve been tweaking for the past couple of years. I am obsessed with making presentable baguettes, but it also makes excellent and reliable boules and batards for sandwiches and everyday use. It … Continue reading

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