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Peter Reinhart’s Bagels

February 19th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Like many others around DC, I turned to baking to stave off boredom during the Snowmageddon/Snowpocalypse blizzards of 2010. And with all that time on my hands, I decided to take the plunge and bake the bagels I’d skipped over in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice challenge. You see, the book goes alphabetically and there was [...]

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Tags: baked goods · baking · bread bakers apprentice challenge

Homemade with Love {Cinnamon Swirl Bread}

February 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

If I try hard enough, I can almost a remember a time when my idea of unwinding after a long work week was heading out for cocktails with girlfriends. (Okay, so it really wasn’t that long ago.) But nowadays, few things are more soothing than spending some quality time creaming butter, sugar and eggs in [...]

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Tags: baked goods · baking · breakfast · cooking with kids

Breaking the Bread Baking Fast

September 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments

It doesn’t seem like all that long ago that I decided to join the Bread Baker’s Apprentice challenge, and breathlessly announced my plans for “a year in bread.” The first recipe, mercifully, was simple and turned out perfectly, and I thought I was hooked on the yeasty aroma and feeling of accomplishment on pulling a [...]

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Tags: baking · holiday · recipes

Middle Class Brioche {BBA week four}

June 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

After a week-long vacation that went by way too fast, I got back into the baking groove this weekend with my third* bread of the Bread Baker’s Apprentice challenge, buttery rich brioche. The book offers three variations, the rich man’s, middle class and poor man’s, the main difference being the butter content. I opted for [...]

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Tags: baking

Artos the Greek Celebration Bread

May 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The second bread in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice (BBA) challenge was Artos, a Greek celebration bread typically enjoyed for Christmas or Easter. While I added the fruits found in the Christmas version, I stuck with the basic Artos shape rather than adding the decorative cross design. The recipe begins with a starter, either a barm [...]

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Tags: baking · holiday · recipes