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Homemade Brioche Bread

Homemade Brioche Bread

Brioche is white bread enriched with eggs and butter, and thus perfect for the holidays. In this case I made one big loaf, but you can also make smaller loaves or buns. For the characteristic shiny top, braze the top with egg yolk after baking (when still hot). If you’re serious enough about baking to … Continue reading

Naan Bread

Naan Bread

Naan bread from India differs from ‘regular’ leavened bread for two reasons: it is made with yogurt and/or milk instead of water, and it is cooked quickly in a very hot oven (tandoor). If you don’t have a tandoor, you can cook naan bread on a grill (barebecue) and that makes naan bread very suitable … Continue reading

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

With our new ‘pet’, the sourdough starter that lives in our fridge and needs to be fed once a week, I’ve been baking sourdough bread and learning about it along the way. Before I started with this sourdough adventure, I was baking bread always the same according to recipes that I perfected over time: Italian … Continue reading

My First Gluten Free Bread

My First Gluten Free Bread

For the first time ever I’m going to cook dinner for someone who is gluten intolerant. (Luckily her version of the intolerance allows me to use my regular kitchen equipment as long as it has been cleaned.) I’m not going to take the easy way out of not serving anything that is usually prepared with gluten, … Continue reading

Homemade Ciabatta

Homemade Ciabatta

The types of flour available in Italy are different, or at least labeled differently, from flour available elsewhere. Two types, farina di grano tenero 00 and semola di grano duro rimacinata are available more and more outside of Italy because we like to use them to make pizza and pasta. Grano tenero means soft wheat and is … Continue reading

Homemade Italian Bread

Homemade Italian Bread

When I have guests over for dinner, chances are I will cook a 4-course Italian dinner for them (antipasto, primo, secondo, dolce). With such a dinner I always bake this bread. Freshly baked bread is a treat that will impress your guests. It is not a lot of work if you have a stand mixer. … Continue reading

Homemade Multigrain Bread

Homemade Multigrain Bread

Baking your own bread is great. It tastes better, only has natural ingredients, and can be ready when you want it. It also means you can have fresh bread if there is no artisanal bakery near you. I haven’t bought any bread in years, and always bake my own. It’s great with a breadmaker, since … Continue reading

Focaccia alla Genovese

Focaccia is mostly known as Italian flat bread topped with herbs, salt, and olive oil. One of the original types of focaccia is the one from Liguria, known as focaccia alla genovese after the capital city of Liguria (Genova). This is plain focaccia, preferably eaten still warm, and not only eaten with dinner but also … Continue reading

Italian bread

Whenever I have guests over for dinner I always bake this bread. Even though it’s straightforward bread, since it’s fresh out of the oven it has a great taste, texture and smell and is therefore always very well-received. I use my breadmaker to make the dough, but use the oven to bake it for a … Continue reading