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The Bread Machine: Sweet Rolls to Die For Delicious

Even the simplest loaf of homemade bread is special, but the realm of sweet breads is almost a genre of baking unto itself. Sweet breads just reek of “something special.” Whether you have a holiday or family gathering, your own delectable creation is a welcome gift or personalized addition to a meal. Having yeast sweet rolls for breakfast adds some WOW factor to the meal…

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The Bread Machine: Rose Rolls

First of all, I love the name of this beautiful breakfast roll. Secondly, they are a fast version of my favorite fruit-filled Danish pastries.

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The Bread Machine: Potato Cinnamon Rolls


Cinnamon rolls are the touch that turns a cranky riser into a purely good-natured, civilized human ready to meet the day.  This recipe is made by placing the separate rolls in an oversized Texas muffin tin; they rise up into…

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The Bread Machine: Roman Bread

Roman bread is the house bread at the Casa Vieja restaurant near Arizona State University. It is a lovely uneven shape baked on a baking sheet and essentially a foccacia. The onion is added with all the other ingredients, so that it is incorporated right into the flat bread dough. Sprinkle it with grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese in place of the salt, or another herb like dried basil, before baking. There is never any leftover, but if so, it is good for stuffings.

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David SooHoo’s Bread Machine Bao

Bao buns, encasing a filling of char siu pork, are a popular dim sum item in Cantonese restaurants. Old-timers usually steam them until fluffy white. Immigrant chefs who came to America discovered that when baked, the buns turned golden and pleased the locals. What they got was sort of an Asian hamburger.

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Bread Machine Grissini (Italian Breadsticks)

Grissini is the Italian word for breadsticks. After making the dough and letting it rise in the bread machine, they are hand shaped by rolling the dough out to a desired length and then baked at a high temperature in an oven. They look very different than machine extruded breadsticks which all look exactly alike; they are charmingly nobby and irregular. You want to bake these until they are crisp, otherwise, if they are soft like bread, they will bend and break when you stand them in a crock to serve.

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An Interview with Me and the Top Ten Reasons to Bake Your Own Bread

There are interviews and there are interviews. I do a lot of print and radio spots and it is one of the perks of a most often solitary job of testing recipes then writing them down, which can take hours per recipe. Interviews give me the chance to get out into the community and interact; to chatter with like minded foodies about what I love. I get really inspired when an interviewer has unique and well thought out questions that make me think and dig deep into my wellspring of knowledge. Here is an interview I did on baking bread and its renaissance in the home kitchen.

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Bread Machine: The Best Hamburger Sandwich Buns and Hot Dog Long Rolls

The easiest way to eat either a barbecued beef sandwich, pulled pork, a burger, sloppy joes, sliders, hot dog with sauerkraut, even a little bahn mi or a Beer Soaked Brat is on a soft bun. Homemade buns are exceptionally delicious and really elevate your humble cooking to a real taste treat.

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The Culinary Traveler: Moroccan Bread with Sesame and Aniseed and Morrocan Mint Tea

There are an entire world of rustic ethnic breads that are easily reproduced in your modern home kitchen. These are breads that were once only available regionally, tasted by the adventurous traveler. But no more. The invisible family boundries are down and the light is rushing in. What is old is now new. What was hidden by geography and religion, is now open to interpretation. Bakers are pushing the envelope. They want to master the techniques.

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Peggy’s Cranberry Chutney

Every holiday season I make lots of this bright cranberry chutney to serve with turkey and as a spread for sandwiches. I got it from extraordinaire food writer and recipe developer Peggy Fallon, a cranberry lover, who serves it as an accompaniment to a savory cheesecake for winter entertaining. This is one of my all time favorite cooked sauces, one I prepare every year and often give as gifts. Serve it as a condiment, or dabbed on unsalted crackers with soft cheese.

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