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Gibassier – A French Breakfast Treat

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GibassierGibassier (pronounced zhee bah see ay) is a much loved French breakfast bread that originated in Provence, France.  It features orange and anise seed and has a particular shape to replicate the fleur de lis. Anise is a flavor that is as much disliked as it is liked.  So if you are not a fan, simply omit it.  I was intrigued by this bread when one of my readers asked me about incorporating the butter into the dough.  This is a variation of the recipes I found on the web and the one that was sent to me. Continue reading

Strawberry Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

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Strawberry Salad with Basil DressingThis Strawberry Salad with Basil Vinaigrette is one of my very favorites, especially this time of year when the strawberries are at their best.  I thought this would be a great addition to all the bread we’ve been making. Continue reading

Love Bars – A Gift from Bourke Street Bakery

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Love BarsThese Love Bars are a variation of one of the most unusual, delicious cakes I have found in recent memory. The recipe, with minor changes, comes from “Bourke Street Bakery, All Things Sweet“. It’s a beautiful book with gorgeous photography and great recipes.  I’m not even sure how I found it but I am so happy I did.  While they serve this as a cake Down Under, I cut it into bars and if I still had my bakery it would be front and center in the case. Continue reading

Top Ingredient Substitutions for Baking

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Ingredient SubstitutionThis Top Ingredient Substitutions for Baking article was posted several years ago. Due to the present circumstances, I updated it and thought it would be helpful if you find you are missing a key ingredient.  Hopefully, you will find it on this list. Continue reading

No-Knead Sicilian Olive Bread

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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No-Knead Sicilian Olive BreadThis No-Knead Sicilian Olive Bread is the direct descendant of a very popular Middle Eastern appetizer we served a lot at catering events.  The combination of calamata olives, orange zest, fennel seeds, rosemary, thyme, hot pepper flakes, and olive oil elevates the bread. Continue reading