with Greg Patent, Award Winning Cookbook Author

Month: November 2011

Portuguese Sweet Bread: Part 2

Portuguese Sweet Bread: Part 2

My last post described how Portuguese Sweet Yeast Bread dough is shaped into rolls at the Kona Historical Society’s stone oven on Hawaii’s Big Island. Baker Lewis Draxlir and his wife, Carla, are masters at the task. The photo above shows the shaped rolls in […]

Portuguese Sweet Bread: Part 1

Portuguese Sweet Bread: Part 1

Every Thursday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. visitors to the Kona Historical Society’s brick oven in Kealakekua on Hawaii’s Big Island can experience and participate in the baking of Portuguese Sweet Bread. It is a happy occasion bringing together people from all over the […]

Fresh Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Fresh Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

What to bring for dessert to Thanksgiving dinner with friends on the island of Kauai? Last year I made a chocolate cream pie, do I repeat or bake something different? Meeting up with a gorgeous, fully ripe pineapple decided it for me: Pineapple Upside Down […]

Yummy Hawaiian Desserts

Yummy Hawaiian Desserts

I get a huge kick seeing so many Hawaiian bakers taking full advantage of their own wizardry to create outstanding desserts from their plentiful supply of local products. Bananas, coconuts, sweet potatoes, mangoes, lilikoi (passion fruit), coffee, macadamia nuts, vanilla, and chocolate have found their […]

HULA BISCUITS

HULA BISCUITS

I all of a sudden got this hankering for a southern biscuit with my bacon and eggs the other day and thought, hey, I’m in the south, the southern end of the big island of Hawaii, so why not make southern biscuits with a Hawaiian […]

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars

I tasted these bars for the first time a few years ago on a visit to Hawaii’s Big Island.  They have a buttery brown sugar shortbread cookie base packed with toasted macadamia nuts, a layer of caramel that bakes into the shortbread layer, and a […]

Cornish Spamwich

Cornish Spamwich

Two stories today. One about the power of yeast and the other about a gift of food during World War II. Both come together in a sandwich. But first, something pretty to look at. When I first wrote about Cornish Splitters in 2011, I found […]

Pop, Pop, Popovers!

Pop, Pop, Popovers!

While we’re on the magic of air in baking, let’s consider the popover, those amazing mountainous puffs of crustiness and egginess. To make them you beat eggs, milk, and melted butter into flour and salt, pour the cream-like batter into deep pottery or metal cups, […]

Westchester Bakery Los Angeles

Westchester Bakery Los Angeles

I miss baking when I’m not at home, so the next best thing is to visit one.  My wife and I are in Los Angeles for a few days, getting ready to fly to Hawaii, and there’s a dandy little bakery I found on google […]