New York Style Bagels

Grocery store bagels are sad, I’m sorry. I said it. They lack that crispy outer layer, that beautiful glossy top that cracks and gives way to the pillowy center. It’s just sad. And since I can’t get a real bagel fix in my neighborhood, I just had to figure out how to make them on […]

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Best Banana Bread

I had heard tell of Chrissy Teigen’s Banana Bread recipe thanks to her antics on Twitter a couple years back (I wish I lived in the LA area so that I could be trading ripe bananas for John Legend’s underwear, LOL).  Then, more recently, I had seen her trade some of her famous banana bread […]

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Chocolate Swirl Babka

Babka is a slightly dry yeast bread (some would argue that it’s cake…I say bread) swirled with chocolate or cinnamon (but I agree with Elaine from Seinfeld…cinnamon is a “lesser babka”). Straight from the oven with a schmear of butter, babka is one of my favorite treats to enjoy alongside a cup of tea. You […]

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Heavenly Challah

Growing up, I had a lot of challah. Homemade challah, bakery challah – lots of challah. There was a little bakery in my hometown, long since gone (sadly), that made challah loaves in so many varieties. Cinnamon sugar, poppy seed, sesame seed, cinnamon raisin – YUM. But, my favorite challah were the ones I made […]

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