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The flat bread society

May 28, 2009

There are few things as profoundly satisfying as baking bread.  The only downside for me is the oven, which I sometimes just don’t want to crank to 500 degrees, hot weather or not.  The solution to this is flatbread, which gives you the same happy knead and rise, but can be accomplished on the stovetop–or [...]

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A trail of breadcrumbs

May 12, 2009

You can buy breadcrumbs at stores, which I find completely absurd given how many bits of baguette I always have at home–and the inherent lunacy of paying money for someone else’s stale crumbs.  Instead of buying the stuff (it tastes and looks like ground up cardboard anyway), simply save the ends of loaves or the [...]

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Sourdough baguettes

March 21, 2009

One of my very favorite LAT stories was one I did on sourdough.  Right before I wrote the story, I had about 18 different starters bubbling away on my kitchen counters.  Baker and cookbook writer Peter Reinhart, who was enormous help to me during the research (he came to town and we had lunch at [...]

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