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Cranberry-Walnuts Festive Buns

These buns are totally festive, perfect for a holiday table such as Thanksgiving or as a Christmas morning treat. Soft inside, light, reasonably sweet, full of dried cranberries and chopped walnuts, they taste delicious served warm, with chilled unsalted butter that melts on their tops. The yeasted dough is comprehensive and can be baked as a simple loaf or braided in Challah bread style. Cranberry-Walnut Buns are also great as festive burger buns served with turkey patties, vegetables and cranberry sauce. Find the recipe here…

Simple Brioche Buns

Simple brioche dough is easy to handle and makes beautiful soft buns that can be served slit and filled with burgers, pulled pork or as breakfast rolls with a sweet topping. The buns are not quite eggy and buttery as these made from rich brioche dough, but still extremely fluffy and light. This recipe produces only 6 buns but simply double the ingredients, and you will get more these delicious creations. They are a real treat. Find the recipe here…

Politiko Simiti - Greek Bagels

Politiko Simiti are braided circular sesame-crusted bread rings. They're a fuller version of traditional Greek and Turkish bagels - Koulouri and Simiti and originate from the Greek bakers of Constantinople. Politiko Simiti are coated with petimezi – grape sweet molasses that creates caramelisation in the oven, with toasted sesame seeds and then baked. They're crunchy outside, soft and a bit gooey inside. Simiti can be served plain, with jam or cheese such as feta and olives. Traditionally the bagels are baked the same day after a two-stage rise but I kept them in the fridge overnight to get their flavour developed and have the texture lighter. Find the recipe here

Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

I find this recipe easy enough to start an adventure with pretzels. It doesn’t call for a boiling water bath with baking soda which takes more time and requires a bit of experience to get the pretzels “wrinkles free”, slick and shine. The recipe lets the baker focus on mastering the pretzel twirls (which is quite important) as the formula is simple and the dough has a nice consistency to work with. I recommend preparing the pretzel dough a night before a baking day to allow the flavour to develop. The Soft Pretzels are perfect for breakfast, as an appetizer or snack. Great with butter, jam or any favourite dip. Find the recipe here…

Kaiser Rolls

Kaiser Rolls require time and pre-fermented dough called pâte fermentée. This is a portion of dough made several hours ahead, left to ferment in low temperature and used as one of the components of the main dough. Pâte fermentée is crucial because improves the flavour and texture of the rolls. This is super important to ferment pâte fermentée at least overnight. 2 hours process in room temperature can be sufficient when you're in a hurry but doesn’t improve the flavour of the rolls leave them a bit flat and usual. The original method for shaping the rolls by overlapping the folds may be difficult to teach therefore many people to use a store-bought roll cutter. I use a knotted roll method which is a bit challenging but quite fun. Find the recipe here…

Homemade Onion Buns

The Onion Buns originate from Jewish Cuisine and were baked by the Jews who lived in Lublin Old Town, in eastern Poland. At that time the buns looked like pancakes - were flat, very crispy and made with cake flour. They became very popular in the 19th century and were produced by many bakeries in the Lublin region. The original recipe was passed down the generations and... had been changed for years. Today the Onion Buns look like the rolls however their flavour is beautiful and widely valued. My Onion Buns are a bit French because the onion is cooked in unsalted butter. The recipe calls for bread flour and homemade buttermilk which make the buns exceptional. Find the recipe here...

English Muffins

I’ve done a lot of experimenting with English Muffins over the last few days and can confirm they desperately need a long slow rise to be absurdly delicious. Their delicate, very soft texture and deep taste come from refrigerating overnight. The dough needs to be highly hydrated, which means sticky to create characteristic nooks and crannies. The muffins are griddled on a non-stick pan and then baked in the oven to ensure the middle is completely done. They are best freshly baked or toasted the next day. Split them with a fork to reveal the rough and uneven interior. Serve with butter and jelly. Find the recipe here…

New York Style Bagels

I always wanted to make bagels. I searched for many recipes which I tried and never was happy with the result. The bagels were flat, wrinkled and doughy. But I finally found the perfect recipe in a book of Peter Reinhart and also found out that dough is the key. Bagels need to be made of stiff dough to float in the boiling water without losing the shape at the same time. This recipe doesn’t require any special skills, ingredients or tools. The most important thing is to follow the instructions and your bagels will be deliciously chewy with a thin wonderful crust. Serve them fresh out of the oven with soft cheese, smoked salmon or just butter. Find the recipe here...

Homemade Hamburger Buns

My brioche-style hamburger buns are made from classic egg and butter dough but with…cream. This special ingredient makes the buns very fluffy and tender with a hint of sweetness but still sturdy to hold the burger patty and the accompanying toppings. Their light and soft texture allows creating a homogeneous composition with beef, cheese, pickles, tomato, onion and sauces. If you want to make an impression and serve your friends and family the best burgers in town, start with those amazing buns. Find the recipe here…

Buttermilk Rolls

I always have about 200 ml of uncultured buttermilk left after making butter. It’s thin, cloudy, slightly sweet and buttery-tasting, very different from store-bought buttermilk. As a beverage, perfectly quenches thirst, cures a hangover and gives energy. It is also an amazing ingredient used in cooking and baking. The opportunities are endless with buttermilk. You can make waffles, pancakes, bread, scones and many more. I use my buttermilk to make rolls. They are light, fluffy and very soft after baking and dough is velvety – the best dough I’ve ever kneaded! Warm, fresh buttermilk rolls are absolutely delicious, ideal for breakfast with melting homemade butter. Find the recipe here...