Pretzel Rolls!

February 17, 2015
095There's nothing I don't love about pretzel rolls. I love their bronzed, sexy outsides, and their deliciously-chewy interiors. You can't beat 'em for hamburger buns. And get this -- the rolls are really easy to make! Read more »

A Better Focaccia

January 16, 2015
043It's bitterly-cold here in New York's Hudson Valley. It's dang cold in my kitchen, too. To warm my soul, this morning I fired up the oven and baked a great big loaf of focaccia. Who wants to taste this fabulicious flatbread? Read more »

Paratha (Indian Flatbread)

June 26, 2014
IMG_4506TAKE SOME WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, form it into a yeast-less dough, bake it on a dry skillet until spotty-brown, and what do you get? Paratha -- a simple but delicious Indian flatbread. Read more »

Fougasse aux Herbes de Provence

March 25, 2014
IMG_9873wbFEELING INSPIRED by a comment from reader Virginia Embry Marx, I recently made Fougasse aux Herbes de Provence. Fougasse (pr. "foo-GAHS") is the French version of Italian focaccia. It's dense and delicious. It's powerfully fragrant. And it's a breeze to make. Read more »

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

March 11, 2014
IMG_8264wbI LOVE IRISH SODA BREAD. It's fast. It's easy. Make it with coarsely-ground whole wheat (or "graham") flour and a little brown sugar, as I do, and you'll find it's magically delicious. Read more »

Snowshoe Naan

February 28, 2014
IMG_9125WBWHAT CAN YOU DO with flour, water, milk, yeast and salt? You can turn them into Naan, just as I did this week. Naan is an ancient, Central-Asian flatbread with a wonderfully-wheaty taste and a crisp but chewy texture. I like to form the dough into long “snowshoe” shapes, and serve them with dinner or as an appetizer at parties. The dough is remarkably easy to make, and forming it with wet fingers is two tons of fun. Read more »

Easy Homemade Baguettes

February 17, 2014
IMG_8879WBWHAT'S A BAGUETTE? It's a rope-like loaf with a deep, yeasty aroma, a chewy interior, and a crust that goes Snap! Crackle! Pop! when you bite into it. My easy recipe for this mouthful of music: Read more »