Just the Recipe: Parmesan Cheese Twists

Just the Recipe: Parmesan Cheese Twists

The twists are crisp, cheesy, and have just a hint of heat.

Pulla: Finnish Cardamom Raisin Yeast Bread

Pulla: Finnish Cardamom Raisin Yeast Bread

Pulla Cardamom Bread, a national bread of Finland, is popular year-round in Finland. Hits the spot any time of day. For beast results grind the cardamom seeds with a mortar and pestle.

Unplugged: No-Knead Brioche

Unplugged: No-Knead Brioche

I recently came across a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen for no-knead brioche. How could that be, I wondered? Brioche, a classic French dough, gets its especially light and airy texture by vigorously beating and kneading softened butter into an eggy yeast dough. Since I’m…

Homemade Potato Buns

Homemade Potato Buns

A couple of months ago my wife asked me what I’d like for my birthday dinner.  I thought for a moment and said that it had been years since we’ve enjoyed real Maine lobster.  Rather than spend a lot of money dining out why not…

Challah

Challah

This braided loaf, golden and tender from eggs and oil, is steeped in tradition and symbolism.  To set it apart from the ordinary weekday loaf of whole wheat bread, it is made with white flour, sugar or honey for sweetness, and oil and eggs to…

Spanish Buns

Spanish Buns

Just why this heavenly, light-textured and spiced sweet cake baked in a sheet pan has this name was clarified by food historian, William Woys Weaver. He says it was called “Spanish” because its concept was derived from a cake made in Latin America. And “buns”…

Portuguese Sweet Bread: The Story

Portuguese Sweet Bread: The Story

The Portuguese began arriving in Kona in the 1870s from the Azores and Madeira to help develop and manage dairies, a large part of Hawaii’s ranching industry. They brought with them their talent for baking bread which eventually spread throughout the islands.  Wherever Portuguese dairymen and sugar plantation workers settled, you’d see their outdoor dome-shaped stone ovens.

Portuguese Sweet Bread: The Recipe

Portuguese Sweet Bread: The Recipe

My last post described how Portuguese Sweet Yeast Bread dough is shaped into rolls at the Kona Historical Society’s stone oven (forno) on Hawaii’s Big Island. Baker Lewis Draxlir and his wife, Carla, are masters at the task.