A Better Focaccia

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)

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

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 »

Snowshoe Naan

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

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 »

Heavenly Challah (egg bread)

IMG_8127WBI'VE BEEN BAKING UP A STORM LATELY, preparing breads for the fourth chapter of my cookbook. Although my editor has advised me not to post every blessed recipe online, I couldn't resist sharing this one for Challah. Why? Because it's too delicious not to share. And because I'm a blabbermouth. Read more »

Perfect Gluten-Free Pancakes

IMG_7590SURE, I'm a wheat-eating, gluten-loving foodie. But I love garbanzo bean pancakes. These soft, perfectly-textured breads are gluten-free. They are guilt-free, too, because they contain loads of fiber. And they are knock-your-socks-off delicious. Here's the recipe: Read more »