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Montreal Bagels: What They Are and How to Make Them

Montreal Bagels: What They Are and How to Make Them

Montreal Bagels are handmade and always baked in a wood-fired oven and boy, are they good. Imagine being from Montreal, one Bagel heaven, and living in New York another Bagel Heaven.  Bagels were brought to both cities by Jewish immigrants from Poland and Eastern Europe.…

Stone Fruit Galettes from Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Stone Fruit Galettes from Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Now is the perfect moment for making these rustic pastries. Last weekend, Andrew was delighted to be back baking after a long winter hiatus. And the first thing he baked was a stone fruit galette.  It brought back memories of the individual galettes he had…

Joanne Chang’s Sugar and Spice Brioche Buns

Joanne Chang’s Sugar and Spice Brioche Buns

This Boston Baker knows her way around a Sugar Bun! Ask Bobby Flay! When we first published Joanne Chang’s Sticky Bun recipe, we heard from Bobby Flay himself.  Before there was ‘Beat Bobby Flay’ on the Food Network there was Bobby Flay’s “Throwdown”. Joanne had…

Lemon Lemon Loaf, a Lemon Pound Cake, and a reminiscence about Sara Lee.

Lemon Lemon Loaf, a Lemon Pound Cake, and a reminiscence about Sara Lee.

There’s something amazingly satisfying about a simple pound cake.  Especially when it’s perfectly made, as were these by Andrew.  The ‘crumb’ of the cake gives it a richness and depth of flavor that’s unlike any other cake.  Infused with lemon flavor and enriched with sour…

Italian Plum and Almond Cake

Italian Plum and Almond Cake

This cake is such a winner, our reader Pam made it twice last week! Pam first commented: “So good! And really easy to make. I love that it’s not super sweet.” Then she was back saying: “So good I’m making another today. Yes, So good.” …

“This Chocolate Chip Cookie Ruins Every Other Cookie Recipe”– “Sugarman” Martinez in Bon Appetit Magazine: Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

“This Chocolate Chip Cookie Ruins Every Other Cookie Recipe”– “Sugarman” Martinez in Bon Appetit Magazine: Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

I confess to being a pushover when someone suggests that a recipe ‘beats all others’.  This may all be laid at the feet of Tyler Florence, whose 2006 “Tyler’s Ultimate” (Clarkson Potter) really did contain a phenomenal number of recipes that I go back to…

Father’s Day Bake: Chocolate Caramel Tart

Father’s Day Bake: Chocolate Caramel Tart

A Perfect Gift for Father’s Day. Chocolate is, by far, the most popular sweet treat in the world. Over three million tons of Cocoa Beans a year are a testament to its popularity.  Not only is Chocolate luscious, creamy, and aromatic, eating chocolate makes us…

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Coconut, Almond and Blueberry Cake

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Coconut, Almond and Blueberry Cake

This Memorial Day Weekend Bake this Versatile Cake with Yotam Ottolenghi Andrew thinks that this cake would be an ideal breakfast cake, replacing coffee cake with its coconut, blueberries, and almonds.  All I can say is the cake is absolutely perfect, the berries juicy, the…

Cream Scones with Clotted Cream from "Hand Made Baking" by Kamran Siddiqi

Cream Scones with Clotted Cream from "Hand Made Baking" by Kamran Siddiqi

Ah, the scone! Perfectly made it’s a thing of joy at tea time or coffee hour.   But the greater likelihood is that the scone most people encounter comes off as heavy as a hockey puck and just about as appetizing. No matter how much…

Claire Saffritz’ Pull-Apart Sour Cream and Chive Rolls

Claire Saffritz’ Pull-Apart Sour Cream and Chive Rolls

Claire Saffritz’ new cookbook may be called “Dessert Person” but the first thing Andrew baked were these melt-in-your-mouth dinner rolls. The classic Parker House rolls inspired this recipe.  In all honesty, they’re even better—more pillow-like and tender than the originals.  Then there’s a subtle onion…