A Real Northwestern Bread – Hazelnut and Cherry

Even though we are still living in our rented tiny condo and all my kitchen gear is in storage (including my stand mixer), it is time to get back to baking bread.  Without my mixer, I am getting my hands on the dough more, so getting an even better feel for the textures I like…

Pumpkin Bread Biscotti

What did I do with the rest of the can of pumpkin that I found in my cabinet? As you can see I made pumpkin bread biscotti, which was so easy to make and truly a delicious treat.  But I need to share how I came about making it. When I first found out I…

Pumpkin Challah Cinnamon Rolls

Time for some quarantine comfort baking – “emptying my cabinets” style.  I found a can of organic pumpkin, so, since I also still have some confectioner’s sugar,  baking project #1 – pumpkin challah cinnamon rolls. As with many of my favorite challah recipes, this one was from My Jewish Learning – The Nosher.  I made…

Rye Zucchini Sourdough Bread

It’s that time again. Zucchini time! Zucchini bread time! Only this time, there is a twist. I found a recipe that adds zucchini to my current obsession – sourdough bread.  This version adds in rye flour.  The result… A fairly perfect bread – crisp outside and soft, chewy inside. And it all starts with some…

Toronto Blueberry Buns

Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. I love their flavor, I love their color. In fact, look at the beautiful color of the filling for these buns… The filling was so pretty and so tasty, that my husband and I devoured all the extra filling immediately. He spread it on rice cakes, I ate…

Jalapeño Cheddar Challah Rolls

I have 4 jalapeño plants this year and all are very happy.  I will definitely be replenishing my supply of pickled jalapeños. But I have a bunch of other plans for my peppers as well. The first is a Challah I have been waiting all year to make; I needed to wait for my plants to…

Kubana – Yemenite Pull-Apart Sabbath Bread

This was another new one for me; I had never made a steamed bread before. And, although it was not pretty, it was incredibly tasty. Along with the overnight steamed bread, I made some huevos haminados (Sephardic slow-roasted eggs).  They are the silver packets you see in the bread. The egg whites turn a beautiful…

Maple Peanut Butter Challah

Now THIS was a really different challah! It was rich in texture and loaded with peanut butter flavor! It really cried out to be toasted and topped with jelly or preserves. First a banana rum preserve, then a simple strawberry. And look at the beautiful color of the loaf! Not a challah to have with a…

Jelly Doughnut Challah for Hanukkah

I saw this recipe about 10 months ago, immediately pulled it out and set it on my Hanukkah to-do list. Last year I made the menorah shaped challah. But really, what say Hanukkah more than sufganyot – jelly donuts? So, what could be more perfect than a jelly doughnut challah?! The recipe calls for strawberry…

Gingerbread Challah

It’s that time of year. Cookies, gingerbread houses, my muslim husband putting up lights and a Christmas tree (he likes them). So, why not? A gingerbread challah. The dough is phenomenal – nice flavor and really great to braid with. After I was done, my daughter suggested that I should have shaped it like a…