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Naan, bubbled and chewy Indian flatbread

Whenever we order Indian food, regardless of whatever else we get, we pretty much always include naan. That wonderful pliant and chewy white flatbread that’s such a wonderful vehicle for soaking up sauces. It’s traditionally baked in a clay oven, which makes the translation to the typical American home kitchen a bit tricky. Most of …

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The best pizza dough, chewy thin crust with a puffy rim

The best pizza dough is a bold claim. I know. And it’s obviously highly subjective. At any given time there is a heated argument on the Internet on the relative merits of New York style pizza versus Chicago style pizza, with some arguing the latter isn’t pizza at all. So, I’m here to say I …

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No-Knead Brioche: the easiest & best brioche there is

This no-knead brioche looks rather simple and unassuming. But, oh, this stuff makes me go weak in the knees. It is, easily, one of my favorite treats. I hear from lots of people who are intimidated by baking anything with yeast. And brioche has a reputation for being more challenging than most breads. But this …

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a good bagel is hard to find

When I lived in Italy, the one meal that became a repeated source of disappointment was breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, I was entranced by the dainty cups and spoons, the mysterious drink requests (caffe normale con un cubetto di ghiaccio [espresso with one ice cube?]), the sometimes oddly tetrahedral or cylindrical sugar packets, and …

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