Bread Making: Meet the Yeast

By Heather Solos | January 16, 2008

Heather says: Yeast are tiny one celled fungi. There are both benevolent and obnoxious strains. One can find yeast commercially for brewing, as a nutritional supplement, and for baking. In bread making, yeast digests sugars and creates carbon dioxide. The structure of the dough traps the gas, giving yeast bread its loft and softness. Too…

Gluten Free Zucchini Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread, Regular and Gluten-Free

By Heather Solos | June 7, 2015

Heather says: It may be zucchini season where you live -assuming you’re in North America– if not, it soon will be. While we love zucchini in lots of ways, the CSA is outpacing our ability to eat this awesome vegetable. Ray, who is unfortunately allergic to wheat, mentioned how his grandmother used to make zucchini…

How to make easy gluten free muffins adaptable for other muffin recipes.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Banana Muffins

By Heather Solos | September 27, 2015

Heather says: I didn’t think I would jump on the pumpkin train this fall, but Ray, who can’t have wheat requested muffins recently. So here we are with a Gluten-Free Pumpkin Banana Muffins Recipe. This is the third time I’ve experimented with this recipe which I originally found over on SavyNaturalista.com. The first two times I…

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…

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…

Sausage Pinwheels with Sausage Gravy Recipe

By Heather Solos | September 18, 2009

Skip the narrative and go right to the pinwheel recipe or to the sausage gravy recipe. Heather says: When I posted a picture of last week’s proofing cinnamon rolls, someone asked if they were sweet or savory.  She asked this because her mother made a similar looking treat with sausage and cheese instead of the…

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,…

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…

Banana Muffins

By Heather Solos | December 26, 2010

Heather says: Muffin recipes are a great introduction to baking. They aren’t fussy and a flat muffin is still a delicious muffin. Don’t get smug and try to pass these off as health food; they aren’t. They are however delicious and semi-portable. What is semi-portable? Great in a lunch bag, not so great while driving.…

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…



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