Bakery and Desserts, Make

Homemade Bread

I have been trying to make bread for years. But no matter what I tried; I could never get it to a place where I wanted to it be. Then I discovered cooking with a cast iron pot and the book “[]”, and it changed by bread making life! Not only did I gain a fantastic recipe and methods, but I also learned the proper techniques for working with dough. Armed with this knowledge, I have been able to approach many other recipes with far more success than before. Continue Reading →

Bakery and Desserts, Make, Snacks

Banana Chocolate Muffins

We have all been there. You open the fridge, and a bunch of brown bananas are staring back at you. I don’t like throwing away food, so my first thought goes to baking. And what better use of muffins than to make Banana bread??? Well, more accurately, banana bread muffins! I prefer muffins over bread because the portions are already done so you don’t have to worry about slicing it and the cook time is decreased since the baked mass is smaller. Continue Reading →

Bakery and Desserts, Make, Snacks

Homemade Baked Donuts

I have a very weird relationship with donuts. I remember many a road trip where we would pick up a box of donuts just after leaving home. And then I would pretend to be asleep just to avoid eating them. They were always so sweet and full of sugar that it make my teeth hurt. And those were my feelings as a child. Over time, I came to realize that I prefer the baked style of donut over the fried version and that opened me up to more options and flavors. I also found it fun to put my own spin on flavors because donuts really can act like a blank canvas. Continue Reading →

Bakery and Desserts, Make, Snacks

Sweet Brioche Rolls

Bread is delicious. I absolutely love brioche but then my partner told me that the brioche we got wasn't like the one he remembered. He remembered it sweeter. And so began my journey to find the right recipe to make the perfect sweet brioche roll. I am not sure if this is it but this version is pretty good, if I do say so myself. Brioche is an enriched dough (which I'm pretty sure means: has more ingredients than water, flour, yeast and salt). Due to this, it takes more time to rise because the yeast needs more time to activate. The total recipe will take about six hours but less than an hour of that will be active time. Continue Reading →

Bakery and Desserts, Make, Snacks

Homemade Bagels

Bagels are one of my favorite foods, they are perfect for a snack, or great as a meal. They can pair with plenty of other foods or are perfect on their own. This is one of my favorite recipes because it is quick to whip up and is mostly hands off. And the results are fantastic, the bread is delicious and the perfect texture. Continue Reading →