Bread Making Tutorial: Basic White Bread

By Heather Solos | January 24, 2008

Heather says: At long last, the first in the series of simple bread tutorials. We are beginning with a plain white bread recipe. This version is extremely simple. It is free of most allergens (wheat being the obvious exception) so it is useful for those avoiding eggs and dairy. Nutritionally, well, let’s just say that…

Bread Machine Tips

By Heather Solos | February 29, 2008

Dear Home Ec 101, So I’ve finally garnered the courage to break out the 10 year old, given as a wedding gift, but never used Bread Machine. I’ve used it twice to make whole wheat bread. I’m not doing a good job at this. I’ve learned that the ingredients MUST be room temp (not straight…

Step 10 - cooled and sliced

Hearty White Sandwich Bread

By Michele Newell | May 3, 2013

Michele says: I’ll never forget the first time my childhood friend showed me how to make one of her favorite treats.    The recipe was simple: one piece of white bread, squished and squeezed into a compact ball.  It was kind of like a bread bonbon, and the thought of it horrified me immensely.  You see,…

Bagels Recipe

By Heather Solos | October 3, 2007

Heather says: Bagel purists avert your eyes. I believe I’ll refer to this recipe as Quick and Dirty Bagels.” They get the job done, are much better than frozen, and do not require a whole lot of work, but I would never put them up against a genuine NY bagel. This recipe was originally designed…

Flatbread Recipe

By Heather Solos | January 29, 2010

Heather says: I had pretty much written off Fearless Friday for this week. Since I’m out of town, without a real pantry, that’s about all the cooking adventure I was willing to handle while working under the pressure of a big deadline. Then last night, I saw a tweet from Candice of Ragamuffin Design. She…

Bread Making: Rising To the Occasion

By Heather Solos | February 3, 2008

Heather says: Leavened breads are those lifted by tiny bubbles.  Most of the bread we eat today is leavened, with a few exceptions for items such as tortillas or other flat breads.   The lift is provided by chemical, mechanical,  or biological reactions.  Chemical reactions provide the lift for quick breads, which are your typical…

Basic Scone Recipe

By Michele Newell | June 12, 2013

Michele says: During my freshman year of college, I was required to live in a dorm.  It was the most miserable experience of my life, not because I had a terrible roommate, but because I couldn’t cook or bake without having to use the communal kitchen (which meant I had to share with whomever walked…

Pizza Crust Recipe

By Heather Solos | May 19, 2008

Heather says:       I was not content with the pizza crust I originally posted, it was good, but not something I felt others would rave about.  Consequently I have been experimenting with variations for the past few months.  While searching for a simple crust I had some criteria in mind: the ingredients must…

Challah

Homemade Challah

By Michele Newell | September 19, 2013

Heather says: see the end for a note   Michele says: Now that September is nigh, relief from the insanity of summer is in sight.  Kids go back to school, vacations cease, and life gets back to normal until the seemingly just around the corner winter holiday season.  Assuming you’re not Jewish, that is.  And…

Hoagie Roll Tutorial

By Heather Solos | September 24, 2008

Heather says: After getting the hang of basic white bread, these rolls should be a cinch. There are no fancy ingredients, but you will need a rolling pin. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup warm water + extra for sprinkling 2 1/2 tsp yeast 2 1/2 TBSP olive oil 3 1/2 cups flour (for best results use…



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