Suzi's Blog

Banana Nut Bread from Secrets of a Jewish Baker

  There are thousands of recipes for banana bread. This one, from Secrets of Jewish Baker, reflects the tuning and refining of a master baker. With thousands of customer to please, George Greenstein’s recipe here had to acquire a distinctive style while not become “too” different. Both brown and granulated sugar are used. Cake flour,…

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Smoky Garlic Monkey Bubble Bread from The Kitchen Shelf by Eve O’Sullivan and Rosie Reynolds

I recently posted a review of The Kitchen Shelf, a new and clever book for “us.” Many of us have not attended culinary school, have very busy lives, and need some assistance in the kitchen. What should we buy to stock our kitchen? What can we cook that is quick and easy yet delicious? How…

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Cheese Rolls from The Cheese Board

This Thursday I wrote a TBT cookbook review of The Cheese Board: Collective Works from the great cheese collective in Berkeley, California. It’s a great culinary institution and this book is a tribute to the most talented bakers that have refined the collective’s recipes for decades. This is Suzi’s favorite recipe from the book: the…

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Babka ala Food and Wine Magazine

Babka is a yeasted bread that is loved by multiple cultures: Jewish, Eastern European and Russian. So, I was surprised when I asked Suzi, a lovely Jewish woman with root back to Bialystock, if she had ever made babka. "No," she said. "It's the cover of this month's Food and Wine," I said. "Get it,"…

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