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Gluten-Free Challah

May’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge was pretty twisted – Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to make challah! Using recipes from all over, and tips from “A Taste of Challah,” by Tamar Ansh, she encouraged us to bake beautifully braided breads. Since I’m still not having gluten, this month’s challenge was a bit bittersweet. I absolutely love challah, and find it to be one of the most beautiful breads with it’s pretty braid, and the lovely golden sheen it develops when baking. But after a quick bit of research, I found that gluten-free challah is a whole different beast (as is the case with most gluten-free adaptations), and would probably not resemble normal challah. Still, I was happy to find a Gluten-Free Challah recipe on Epicurious, provided as an alternative to this month’s challenge, that had a couple of rave reviews. After all, if someone else has executed this recipe and loved it, what’s to say I won’t love it too?


Quick Whole Wheat Brioche Buns

Yet another month has come for the Secret Recipe Club, and another great recipe discovery. This month I was assigned a great blog called Gastronomical Sovereignty, written by Kristy, who says through her blog she’s “blindly stumbling through the ethical considerations of culinary deliciousness.” Pretty neat huh? It took me a while to settle on just one of her many recipes, but once I came across these brioche buns it was settled. I love brioche, and her rolls looked fantastic!


Meyer Lemon Bread with Blood Orange Glaze

The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.


Pumpkin Cranberry Biscuits

Welcome to bread post #2 today! In an attempt to get all most of my holiday posts up before the New Year, I’m doubling up on posts today, and the both happen to be on my favorite subject: carbs. I love them in every way – for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, as a snack; savory or sweet, and anywhere in between. I like muffins and cookies and cakes and breads and biscuits and EVERYTHING else your mind could imagine. These biscuits are a more healthful carb option, because they use some wheat flour and pureed pumpkin, plus fresh cranberries for some extra flavor. They are moist, moist, moist, and a great accompaniment to any meal. (more…)

Sourdough French Country Bread for Daring Bakers

Our Daring Bakers Host for December 2011 was Jessica of My Recipe Project and she showed us how fun it is to create Sour Dough bread in our own kitchens! She provided us with Sour Dough recipes from Bread Matters by Andrew Whitley as well as delicious recipes to use our Sour Dough bread in from Tonia George’s Things on Toast and Canteen’s Great British Food! (more…)

Zucchini Bread with Lemon Crunch Glaze

I visited my family this past weekend, and was thrilled to find my mom’s gardens overflowing with fresh produce. Ever since my parents built their new house last year, they’ve been  constantly working on the yard, landscaping and creating beautiful gardens. Most of the time when I am home they are out in the gardens pulling weeds, watering, mowing the lawn or planting new plants. My mom seems to have inherited my grandpa’s green thumb, because this summer there’s been tremendous growth in their newly installed gardens, tomato plants growing so tall and wide they they simply can’t support themselves, and cucumber plants in a race against themselves to see how much ground they can cover in one season. It’s all quite ridiculous, when you look at the tomato plants and try to envision my family of three at home eating dozens upon dozens of tomatoes to keep up with the crop, or finding a use for zucchinis that are nearly the size of a newborn child. Lucky for them (well lucky for ME), I was home and put some of those fresh garden goodies to use! (more…)

Hearty Chicken Soup and Pumpkin Cran-Apple Walnut Loaf

When I saw the first cranberries of the season arrive in grocery stores, I got so excited I bought a big container of them, and proceeded to leave them in the refrigerator for weeks. I’d notice them from time to time, and briefly consider what I could do with them, but it wasn’t until the season’s first blizzard a few weeks ago when I was stuck inside all day that I finally forced myself to put them to use. Very uncharacteristically, I found a vegan bread recipe (originally Vegan Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Pecan Bread from Joy the Baker) that sounded incredible – so I decided to give it a try. Admittedly, I added a couple of eggs to bind the bread and keep it from crumbling, but apparently it’s just as good without! (more…)

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