Green Four-Leaf Clover Broccoli & Cheddar Buns for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day bread

They say that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and I hope that’s true, because I love the Irish–for their music, their literature, their Guinness Stout, and believe it or not, for their food.  It’s been many years since I was in Ireland, but I remember swooning over the fresh, wild salmon, buttered potatoes (of course), and the moist and flavorful brown bread.  But brown bread’s not particularly festive (or green!), and Zoe and I don’t have a recipe for classic Irish soda bread, which is made without yeast (for that, I rely on James Beard’s recipe in Beard on Bread– the first bread I ever made).  Then Zoe reminded me about our broccoli-and-cheddar buns in Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  Turns out that four-leaf clovers aren’t especially Irish, but they’re very lucky!  Sprinkled with cheese, these make a lovely accompaniment to corned beef and cabbage.  One little disclosure– the broccoli doesn’t make it all that deeply green, as you can see.  Some would have used green food coloring, I suppose.  Bain taitneamh as do bhéil!  Hearty appetite (I think)… Continue reading

Jeff on National Public Radio’s The Splendid Table, with Lynne Rossetto Kasper today

Jeff with Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Last month, I taped a segment with Lynne Rossetto Kasper on The Splendid Table, on National Public Radio. It airs today, but if you miss it you can click on the “Play” button above to listen (it starts at 1 minute, 19 seconds). Thanks Lynne!

Our first book offer came because of Lynne’s show… you can listen to my call-in in 2000 (click here). 

Another Radio Interview: Central California Public Radio with Rick Kleffel

Rick Kleffel The New Artisan Bread in Five

We did an interview with Rick Kleffel of Central California Public Radio (and the Agony Column) last week, to talk about The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It was a blast as always, thanks Rick! If you didn’t hear it on the NPR affiliate 88.9 KUSP, check out the podcast here, or Rick’s review of the book here

Our interview with ABC-7 News’s Steve Dolinsky in Chicago: the podcast

Hungry  Hound photoWABC-7With Steve Dolinsky after podcast at Floriole

Former Minnesotan Steve Dolinsky left Hopkins to make his fortune in Chicago as ABC-7 News’s “Hungry Hound,” with a great show about food in the Windy City. We’ve been on Channel 7 with Steve before (view segment), but most recently, we did a podcast with him from Floriole Bakery and Cafe in Chicago, back on October 28, right after we launched The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Great bakery, and a great time taping the podcast with Steve. Click here to listen (go to “Artisan Bread Made Easy, Jan 29, 2014″)!

Shopping for Bread-Bakers

People always ask us about our favorite bread-baking tools, so here are some of them, with links to Amazon:

Thermometer

A thermometer: you really can’t get a good crust until you know your oven’s temp. They’re cheap and effective.

Baking Stone

Baking stone: For a great, crisp, crust, you really need one, and this 1/2-inch thick Old Stone brand has been very durable for us. There are other stone/iron options, see our post on that. Continue reading

The Refrigerator Rise Trick on Crazy-Busy Thanksgiving Morning: Fresh Rolls (Kürbiskernbrot) from the German Alps

 Before we even start with this, you should know that this reprised Thanksgiving post is one of many– click here for all our Thanksgiving posts over the years.

Some people shy away from yeast breads and rolls at busy holidays because they think the proofing step (the rest after the loaves or rolls are shaped) is too time-consuming, even with our stored dough.  Here’s a great way to get around that–form rolls or loaves the night before, refrigerate overnight and they’re ready for the oven in the morning. Continue reading

The New Artisan Bread in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

from Beth Dooley's article

Back on October 24, 2013, when we were on tour for The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a great story in the Taste section about our new book (Beth Dooley did a great job). We’re a bit late to the party here on the website, but click here to read the whole article.

From CBS-TV (KPIX-5) in San Francisco…

2013-11, CBS San Fran blogpost, Narsai David

From long-time San Francisco restauranteur, radio, and TV host Narsai David:

“In this new edition, they really, really make life so easy and so simple… baking your own bread virtually daily… the simple idea of making dough in advance and storing it… very, very clever.”

CBS-TV San Francisco, 2013