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29 Apr, 2020

All the breads I’ve eaten

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead|Recipes and Food

Pandemic baking! It’s all the rage. So is pandemic eating… at least around here. Sigh. Yesterday we picked up an order from the Ottawa Bagelshop. (Curbside pick up!) Cue the angels: I have officially entered the world of the no-knead breads. Frankly, it’s miraculous how such a lovely loaf can come together with so little […]

16 Feb, 2016

Have you ever made your own English muffins?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead|Recipes and Food

Do you make your own pancakes? Muffins? What about waffles? What about ENGLISH MUFFINS? I saw this “how to” recipe over at thekitchn.com and thought I’d give it a spin this past weekend, you know, just so we can say we tried making a new breakfast carb. In the end, the recipe the worked out […]

29 Mar, 2010

Make pretzels tonight! (a.k.a. A Really Great Pretzel Recipe)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead

There are two kinds of pretzels: the small, hard and crunchy and the big, soft and chewy. This recipe is for the latter. It uses the traditional “Montreal-style” boil n’ bake method (much like bagels are made). In a word (or three): Delicious. Comfort. Soul.  Sometimes we make pretzels for dinner and serve them with […]

17 Nov, 2009

Easy bread recipe for beginners

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead

Before our household all fell down with THE SICK I discovered a very easy bread recipe over at the Canadian Living website for Irish Soda Bread. The amazing thing about this recipe is (1) it doesn’t require any kneading or rising time (basically the two things that scare people about making bread) and (2) it tastes really really […]

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03 Sep, 2009

Easy recipe for naan bread

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead

A super easy recipe for making naan bread (if you like bread you will love naan bread!)


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