Category Archives: Baking and Baked Goods

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 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 was … Continue reading

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Recipe: Olive Bread with Rye Starter

I have to say this is the best olive bread I have experienced, with wonderful tartness due to large amounts of rye starter plus a long fermentation. Makes two 1 1/2 lb loaves. Ingredients: 225 g  rye starter at 100% … Continue reading

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Recipe: No-Knead Pizza Dough

This is a variation of Overnight Pizza Dough for those without stand mixers, kitchen scales, pizza peels or a work ethic. Time does all the work. This is so easy, you’ll shake your head at those bags of pre made … Continue reading

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Recipe: Rule of Ones Pancakes

A universal pancake recipe that’s easy to remember since everything’s in ones. Helpful for children or hungover adults. Courtesy of Carol Maxwell. Makes about 10 5-inch pancakes. Ingredients: 1 c all-purpose flour 1 T sugar 1 t baking powder 1 … Continue reading

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Recipe: Po’ Boy Rolls

These are a little softer and more compliant than most of my breads, which makes them good for po’ boys, subs, hoagies etc. Evolved from this thread on The Fresh Loaf which in turn attributes it to a succession of … Continue reading

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Recipe: Sourdough Olive Bread

I like an olive bread that has a LOT of olives in it, my favorite being the loaf at Acme Bakery in the Bay Area. Problem is that olives are expensive compared to the other ingredients. The best solution I … Continue reading

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