Category Archives: Bread

I forgot how much I love making and eating cinnamon rolls until I made these for a work potluck, and now I kind of want to make them all the time. Maybe it’s time for Cinnamon Roll Sunday to go along with Muffin Monday? And then Sugar Coma Tuesday… And then a trip to the dentist on Wednesday. Sounds like my kind of week!

No, I didn’t add noise in Photoshop – they’re sprinkled with ground coarse sugar

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I very nearly had a nervous breakdown at work this week. I didn’t, thankfully, but did end up crying in the bathroom stall, all the while hoping no one walked in. You know, typical Friday afternoon agency life. And then I went home and made these biscuits and ate about ten of them in one sitting. And then I felt better.

Biscuits are, I think, one of the most comforting and also most underrated baked goods. It’s just so difficult to be miserable when you have one of these in your hand, piping hot and pillowy soft, with a dab of butter melting into all the nooks and crannies.

Forget a bakery, I’ll open my own psychiatric practice. There’d be a couch for you to lie on and spill your troubles, and a table next to you with a tray full of hot biscuits and warm cookies.

Cream biscuits

Comfort food at its finest

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There are breads that are simple and no-frills, good for sandwiches and toast. And then there are breads that are stuffed, topped, and loaded with all the fixings, a solid meal in and of itself. This loaf falls squarely into the latter category.

Filled with dried cranberries (homemade!), chocolate chips, walnuts, and pecans, this bread makes for a great breakfast. It’s so hearty and substantial it doesn’t need any butter or jam (though some Nutella would really put this over the top). Just pop a couple of slices in the toaster and enjoy.

Cranberry Chocolate Nut Bread

Cranberry Chocolate Nut Bread

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I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty awesome at eating bread. That part of the brain that tells you when you’re full and to stop eating – it basically shuts down when there is baked dough in front of me and as a result, I have, on more than one occasion, eaten an entire loaf in one day, if not one sitting. It’s just, so good, whether plain or toasted, with Nutella or jam, or loaded with fixin’s for a sandwich.

You are my favorite thing, bread. My very favorite thing. Side note: if you haven’t seen Fringe, you are seriously missing out. Once you get past season 1, which was, admittedly, pretty rough, it’s one of the most incredible shows, with brilliant acting and superb storytelling and oh god, why do I do this to myself, I am crying again just watching that scene and I think I need to do some emotional eating, so thank god I have this loaf of bread here.

Ignoring the fact that I get way too emotionally invested in TV shows, there’s really nothing like a fresh loaf of challah bread. Soft and sturdy and eggy and delicious, it’s perfectly complemented by a nice layer of jam and even better when made into french toast.  Just try not to eat it all in one sitting.

Challah Bread

Beauteous

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Here in the deep of winter, I continue to crave summer foods – namely light summer salads with tomato and fresh leaves of basil. I can’t help but feel like my body is getting shafted when instead of fresh produce, I feed it carbs instead.

Tomato Basil Bread

Tomato basil bread

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The first thing I baked in 2013 was this bread, and I promptly ate half of it. While I don’t make resolutions, I do plan to eat more carbs this year, so I’m certainly off to a good start. Here’s to a delicious 2013.

Olive Rosemary Bread

Fresh bread for the new year

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I’ve got a new Christmas tradition and it’s this bread. I know everybody loves cinnamon rolls, but just look at this thing, it’s an absolute showstopper!  It’s not much more work to make than cinnamon rolls, either, so if you’re looking to jazz things up next year (or whenever – this bread is so good you won’t want to wait for the holidays to make it), try this tasty wreath instead.

Holiday Bread Wreath

Happy holidays, indeed

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