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If you like rye bread, take the time to track down fresh rye flour if you can.

This is the bread I make every other day for my own family. It is simple, tasteful and tasty and as good fresh, as it is a few days later (if it lasts that long!). It is a perfect sandwich bread or morning toast bread. It makes a huge, country loaf that just begs for a fresh pot of homemade soup to go with it. I prefer this baked just before supper or as an after school, ‘welcome home’ bread. There is no better perfume than a baked bread like this.

Cast iron is a favorite baking tool of mine. Perfect for pizza, beautiful for biscuits and definitely a killer for corn bread. This is a sweet recipe. Great with a cup of tea. Adjust to your liking for a savory version.

This dough makes great breadsticks too. Use your bread machine on Dough cycle for an easy, sensational pizza. This rises slowly and is ready when you are. A few hours earlier or later and either way, you will still get great pizza. More rise results in a thinner, crisper pizza; less rise is chewier, breadier, still rustic, amazing pizza. The starter can be new as 2 hours (called a sponge) or a mature starter you have on hand and have recently warmed up and fed. This makes one of the best crust pizzas ever - with a crust/dough that tastes as good as whatever you put on top of it. It is also great for focaccio. It all starts with Molini Pizzuti 00 Flour - a flour totally dedicated to great pizza or use ubleached all purpose.

These can be made a day ahead and left for a slow, cool rise in the fridge.
These are delicate and feathery but massive, gorgeous buns.In fact, they are better with a cool rise. You can also bake up a pan of these and freeze another batch, unrisen and unbaked. Let that batch rise overnight in the fridge and bake them off the next morning. Cinnamon buns are always decadent but these are pretty well queenly. It is that taste combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel (in caramel topping and the caramel or butterscotch chips) and butter than makes these almost sleazy good!

Bubka is pure heaven to me - because it strikes the right note of sweet and bready. It is also relatively easy to make - not as complicated as true Danish with its rolled in blocks of butter but certainly richer and moister than a sweet dough. I have a few bubkas in my first cookbook, A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking (Doubleday, l998) where it sits like a queen of the realm of Jewish baking. Here it takes on another role - the diva of the yeasted, sweet pastries. I often use my bread machine to make the dough - although I have to give the mixing a hand at first by using a rubber spatula, just to get the rich dough properly going.

The classic. Flakey, light, golden - these are pretty well culinary history but melt on the tongue like any good biscuit. Great with fried chicken, chili, or eggs-over-easy. Use a great wood biscuit bowl or flea market piece of crockery.

If you are out of buttermilk, use Saco buttermilk powder.

We love our flatbread. Fire up the BBQ.

Spelt is one of those highly nutritious ancient wheats. People with gluten sensitivity sometimes find it easier to digest but for anyone seeking added food value in their favourite bagel, this is a perfect recipe. These are crusty, chewy, moist and full of flavour, and heart-healthy affairs. There is just enough whole-wheat and spelt to be extra-healthy and enough unbleached white bread flour to ensure the bagels are not dry. A little ground flaxseed is on the inside and flaxseed and sesame seeds coat the outside. Easy to make, these bagels also freeze well and bread machines do a super job making the dough. I make dough batches, (having the bread machine mix a batch whilst I am simmering and baking the first batch of bagel dough). Health food stores sell malt powder or you can use some malt syrup (health food stores or beer-brewing stores should stock it). By the way, if you can find it, the newer White Spelt flour makes sublime bagels.

Dried strawberries, honey and ingenuity make this a new and beautiful sweet challah for the holidays. You can substitute raisins but honestly, what for? Pretty and unique and leftovers, as always make great French Toast or Challah Bread Pudding for Yom Kippur. You can add a touch of vanilla of you like and sprinkle the top with almonds instead of the sugar and sesame seeds called for. I found dried strawberries at Costco, American Spoon Foods and at a local Middle Eastern bulk food store. The strawberries dot the golden dough and each bite is absolutely wonderful, more so, dipped in honey on the side.

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