Author Archives: Beth

Panettone

Week Fifty-Two: Christmas Breads Panettone, that Milanese specialty, is one of the quintessential Christmas breads, popular the world over.  Italian bakers make an estimated 117 million of them every year, with countless others made and sold elsewhere, particularly in South America. … Continue reading

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Christopsomos (Greek Christmas Bread)

Week Fifty-Two: Christmas Breads Hailing from Greece, today’s bread draws similarity to Christmas breads from nearby Italy and Germany, with their panettone and stollen.  This is not to say that these breads are copycats of one another, far from it. … Continue reading

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Kolach (Ukranian Christmas Bread)

Week Fifty-Two: Christmas Breads In the Ukraine, bread is such a significant part of everyday life that there is an old and, now, formal way of greeting that involves an elaborate presentation of bread and salt, two main dietary staples. … Continue reading

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Stollen

Week Fifty-Two: Christmas Breads Well, I’ll make this short.  You’re on vacation, I’m on vacation, ever’body on vacation.  Who’s actually reading this right now?  You probably aren’t going to read an encyclopedia of information about bread; but neither am I … Continue reading

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Wild Rice and Cranberry Rolls

Week Fifty-One: Gift Breads This last gift bread is a very versatile one; originally titled “morning rolls”, they would make a fine alternative to the typically saccharine “special houseguest” breakfast  of pancakes, sticky buns, French toast, or waffles.  The dough … Continue reading

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Gingerbread

Week Fifty-One: Gift Breads Today’s bread comes to us from the inimitable M. F. K. Fisher, out of her book How To Cook A Wolf, published in 1942.  Is it precisely a bread?  Well, it has the word “bread” in … Continue reading

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Zucchini Bread

Week Fifty-One: Gift Breads A few months ago, two of my dear friends were married in what must have been one of the all-time grandest and most fabulous weddings ever seen. How fabulous was it?  Let me just say that … Continue reading

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Travels

Lest you think that I’ve abandoned you again, I thought I’d mention that I’ll be traveling a goodly amount over the next week and a half.  I’ve actually made all but one of the breads for that time (!), but … Continue reading

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Fig Hazelnut Bread

Week Fifty-One: Gift Breads Today’s gift bread is slightly on the lighter side, as it contains very little added fat and sugar, but it doesn’t skimp one bit on flavor.  An ample amount of orange-juice-soaked dried figs studs the bread … Continue reading

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Freezer Biscuits

Week Fifty-One: Gift Breads This bread isn’t so much a gift for others as it is a gift for you, the host or hostess with sleepover guests.  Sure, we’d all love to have our guests wake up to visions of … Continue reading

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