Gubana, a traditional nut-filled yeasted bread, hails from Fruili, in Northern Italy. Similar to babka and strudel, it delivers many of the flavor nuances that distinguish Eastern European and Slavic pastries. Copious amounts of marsala-drenched raisins, nuts and cocoa filling are rolled up in an orange-scented dough before being coiled into a round pan….
Foccacia is one of our main go-to breads – in part, because it’s so easy to prepare and is incredibly versatile and adaptable. Most important of all, is that it’s simply delicious and appeals to almost everyone. The roasted grapes and fresh thyme give it a savory sweetness that make it the perfect partner for roasted poultry and pork dishes.
If you’re new to or a little intimidated by yeasted bread, this is the perfect initiation bread – a chance to get your feet wet before taking the plunge into more complicated doughs with a more dramatic rise….
With the growing exposure that most of us have to different cultures and their regional foods, similarities in certain dishes becomes apparent, varying only by ingredients and seasonings. Flat breads are one of these foods. A few that come to mind are tortillas from Central and South America, crepes from France, chapati and naan from the Middle East, injera from Ethiopia and so on. Lefse, a light and tasty flat bread from Norway, is easy to make and keeps well when refrigerated. Kaijah’s step mum, Kris, hails from Minnesota, where Lefse and a large Norwegian community thrives. As with any beloved regional food, there are recipes and stories of the right and wrong way to make Lefse, passed down from one generation to the next. There are specialized Lefse grills, rolling pins, sticks and warmers to make this revered flat bread. Fortunately, lefse can be made without these specialized tools. What keeps us coming back for more is that it’s texture is moist and light, without being tough or doughy, and it goes well with a variety of dishes, both sweet and savory. Vel bekome! …
We have celebrated St. Patrick’s day as far back as I can remember. Fond memories of parades, wearing something green and baking fun green foods for the kids. Our family is all grown up now, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying foods with an Irish American theme every year when St. Paddy’s day rolls around. Traditionally, Irish soda bread is made with only four basic ingredients – flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. The slightly sweeter and richer American version we’ve adopted is a family favorite and a snap to make….