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Giveaway #1: sourdough crock and starter from King Arthur Flour

How to Bake a Perfect Life will be in stores in 4 short days (Tuesday!), and in honor of that date, I’m going to start giving things away. This is the first one, a sourdough crock and either fresh or dried (you choose) starter from King Arthur flour.  To win, just post to the comments […]

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December 17, 2010

The heady alchemy of baking bread

It’s a cold winter afternoon, the kind when winter blisters past the windows, turning everything blue. Inside, I am kneading bread. Not in a bread machine but with my own palms and wrists. The dough is whole wheat, heavy and thick, and it takes muscle to punch it down, to knead and fold and press, then turn it, fold it, press it again. Over and over. For such a glutinous dough, it will take ten minutes to break it down, then a couple of hours to rise and lighten, another round of kneading before I nestle it into glass bread pans to rise one more time.

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May 21, 2009

Spontaneous afternoon tea

I needed to bake something today (to make up for my distastrous muffins last week) and decided upon scones. Apricot scones. They were so pretty we stopped everything, made a pot of tea (with PG Tips, sent quarterly from England by CR’s mother), cream and jam. Pretty, no? Have you baked something beautiful recently?

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February 28, 2009