breads & bread puddings

Beer & Cheese Bread

What I love most about this recipe is how well the contrasting flavors work together. The  beer adds a natural fizz to the bread, which keeps it really light and airy while it bakes. The hoppy taste from the beer gives it a nice sour punch, which is complemented by the melted sharp cheddar cheese.… Continue reading Beer & Cheese Bread

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breads & bread puddings

Cast Iron Cornbread

Cornbread should be made in a cast iron pan. It's just the way it was meant to be. Pouring creamy batter into a scorching hot pan gives it an instant crust and a chewy center... which just screams "dunk me in chili! Please!" There are plenty of great cornbread mixes out there, but if you're… Continue reading Cast Iron Cornbread

breads & bread puddings

Old Fashioned Popovers

These were the signature item at my bakery in Portland, Maine. I had never heard of a popover, much less made one, and by the end of my stint at Cambridge Coffee House I had probably made over 2,000. Maybe more, I don't even want to know. What I love about popovers is that they are… Continue reading Old Fashioned Popovers

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Irish Soda Bread

I never grew up eating Irish Soda Bread, but I became very familiar with it during my stint at Cambridge Cafe in Maine. We wanted to sell Irish Soda Bread for custom orders, and I was asked to make a few different samples so that we could decide what to sell. I made traditional with raisins… Continue reading Irish Soda Bread