Category Archives: Yeast Breads

Chocolate babka from Epicurious

Epicurious chocolate babka

The first time I tried chocolate babka was in grad school … a long time ago. I filed away its wonderful goodness so deep in my memory banks that I didn’t try it again for a really long time. Yep, …

Zuni corn bread from Sunset

Zuni bread

My 20-plus-year-old, well-worn and much-referenced Sunset Breads cookbook says: “From the Zuni people of the Southwest comes this coarse-textured bread, lightly flavored with corn. The village women bake the bread in domed outdoor earth ovens.” Not sure if this tradition …

Sunset’s pebble-top oatmeal bread

Pebble top oatmeal bread

I was in the mood to make a couple of wholesome loaves of bread, something I could toast up and slather with butter and jam for breakfast. So after rifling through Sunset’s Breads cookbook, I settled on the simple and …

Raisin wreath holiday bread from Sunset

Belgian cramique

Lord, I’ve seriously been dragging when it comes to getting stuff up on this blog. For one, this Belgian cramique, aka eggy raisin wreath bread, was something I made for the holidays. The recipe: 1 cup milk 1/4 cup butter …

Sunset’s poppy seed bread

poppy seed bubble loaf

I was in the mood to bake bread and not just your basic white loaf, but one with a little arts-and-craftiness to it. Sunset‘s Poppy Seed Bubble Loaf recipe fit the bill. Fun times in the kitchen. Note to self: …

Pastries at Paul put SF’s boulangeries to shame

Paul's chausson aux pommes

Per my previous post, if there’s one thing the French know how to do really well, its baking flakey, buttery pastries that put our SF boulangeries to serious shame. Even the chain boulangerie Paul—that’s thankfully as plentiful in and around …

Challah for any occasion

challah bread

Challah first made its way into the holiday lineup back in college when I used to dream of baking bread full time. (Of course I kept that fantasy to myself—my tiger mom and dad would certainly have freaked; my dad most definitely did when …

Scrummy eats at Pizzeria Delfina

Delfina napoletana pizza

On a sunny day not too long ago, Lonely Planet writer-pal AB suggested we lunch at Pizzeria Delfina in the Mission, and I was happy to oblige. Considering she writes both the SF and Italy guides, and is shacked up …

Rosemary raisin bread a la Sunset

Rosemary raisin bread

I think this springy loaf hailing from Florence (compliments of my Sunset Italian cookbook, now in tatters but still hanging in) may be the very first yeast bread I ever attempted … a good 20 years ago. Flavored with fragrant rosemary and extra virgin olive …

Parker House rolls rule

Parker House rolls

Soo … last Christmas, I decided to try a completely new line-up of sides including the bread accompanying dinner. In other years past, it was challah for the holidays, but this time, I thought these Parker House rolls sounded deee-lightful. Yeah, a …