Crema Greek Yogurt Pane: Big Flavor with No Biga!

According to Wiki, Biga is a type of pre-fermentation used in Italian baking. Many popular Italian types of bread, including ciabatta, are made using a biga. Using a biga adds complexity to the bread’s flavor and is often used in breads that need a light, open texture with holes. Apart from adding to flavor and…

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Braided Easter Ham Pepperoni & Cheese Bread with Tutorial

  My Mama always made this tasty bread for every religious holiday and if we begged, sometimes in between. Mom used to buy pounds of aged meats and cheeses and painstakingly cube every bit. Then she would mix fresh beaten eggs and finely grated Parmesan and fill and roll, what seemed like dozens, of loaves….

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Irish Soda Bread “American Style”

This is a sweeter, chewier, lighter and richer version of Traditional Irish Soda Bread. And, in my opinion and experience, seems to be more in harmony with the American taste. The conventional Irish Soda bread simply combines flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk; it’s not sweet and has a very dense, somewhat doughy crumb. Most…

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The Perfect French Bread, Baguette & Roll Recipe

A crisp, crunchy crust and slightly chewy crumb make this bread as traditional as the breads served in France. Perfect for molding and shaping into any size rolls or single loaves. This delectable bread is wonderful slathered with butter and jam, toasted, the base for sandwiches, French toast, an accompaniment to soups and stews, garlic…

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The Best Moist Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf Recipe…Ever!

Today we celebrate National Banana Bread Day! There are as many banana bread recipes as there are plantations in the Americas. However, this is mine with the addition of nibs of chocolate which add a rich, chocolaty depth. This lovely loaf is moist and luscious with a hint of spice to compliment the banana flavor….

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Mardi Gras King Cake: Recipe & History

The sweetest tradition of Mardi Gras is the vibrant, multi-colored King Cake. January 6th kicked off the Mardi Gras season for 2015. Staying true to Mardi Gras culinary tradition one must bake and serve this colorful, nut-filled wonder each year. Similar to coffee cake, this ring-shaped confection is as rich in tradition and history, as…

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