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Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

Since I started making fresh cream crackers, I have made many variations on the basic cream cracker. I have made them with sesame seeds, rosemary and parmesan, raspberries, za’atar, and even French onion soup. This week, I decided to seasoned them with black pepper and thyme.

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

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Karl’s Italian Crackers

Since I started making fresh cream crackers, I have made many variations on the basic recipe. I have made them with sesame seeds, rosemary and parmesan, raspberries, za’atar, and even French onion soup. This week, I decided to seasoned them with Italian spices—oregano and  basil—with Parmesan and Romano cheeses.

Karl’s Italian Crackers

Karl’s Italian Crackers

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Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls/Crackers

I’m making big plate chicken, and while this is a Central Asian dish, I decided to make challah as my starch. I thought that the soft bread would be good for daughter Miriam, because TMJ is so bad lately. Wife Jan said, “It’s my birthday and I want crackers.” To please them both, I used the same dough to make some of each.

Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls

Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls

Karl’s Saffron Challah Crackers

Karl’s Saffron Challah Crackers

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 Karl’s Cinnamon-Swirl Currant Bread

Wife Jan is interviewing job applicants over the next two weeks. The university will only cater groups of 10 and there will only be five for breakfast during the interviews. Jan asked me to cater the sessions—deviled eggs, a baked good, and fruit salad.

 Karl’s Cinnamon-Swirl Currant Bread

Karl’s Cinnamon-Swirl Currant Bread

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Karl’s Cinnamon Currant American Scones

Wife Jan is interviewing job applicants over the next two weeks. The university will only cater groups of 10 and there will only be five for breakfast during the interviews. Jan asked me to cater the sessions—deviled eggs, a baked good, and fruit salad. Today, I decided to go with American scones.

Karl’s Cinnamon Currant American Scones

Karl’s Cinnamon Currant American Scones

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Karl’s Cinnamon Pinwheel Biscuits

Wife Jan is interviewing job applicants over the next two weeks. The university will only cater groups of 10 and there will only be five for breakfast during the interviews. Jan asked me to cater the sessions—deviled eggs, a baked good, and fruit salad. Today, I decided to go with cinnamon pinwheels.

Karl’s Cinnamon Pinwheel Biscuits

Karl’s Cinnamon Pinwheel Biscuits

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Karl’s Blueberry Cinnamon Biscuits

Just because you have a perfect biscuit recipe, does not mean you need to stop there. Last week, I thought to add more eggs—and less milk—to the mix and it worked out really well. This morning, I decided to spice things up a bit by adding another egg, blueberries, brown sugar, and spices.

Karl’s Blueberry Cinnamon Biscuits

Karl’s Blueberry Cinnamon Biscuits

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Karl’s Egg Biscuits

Bread is mostly flour mixed with a liquid. However, because of the complex chemistry of the starches and gluten in the flour, small changes in handling techniques and additional ingredients can make a big difference in the texture of the final product. I posted an updated recipe for light and flaky biscuits.

Karl’s Egg Biscuits

Karl’s Egg Biscuits

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Karl’s Traditional Soda Bread

As a family activity, we sometimes lure daughter Eilene out of her room—away from playing her online games—to watch a show together. She introduced us to The Great British Baking Show. While she like the competition of the regular show, we prefer the more educational GBBS: Masterclass (sic)—where you learn more about how to make the actual recipes.

Karl’s Traditional Soda Bread

Karl’s Traditional Soda Bread

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Karl’s Chicken Florentine Bierock

I love stuffed breads, whether you call them a samsa, a pasty, a samosa, or a bierock—the major difference between all of these pockets is the type of bread used to wrap the savory filling. A bierock is not now, nor has it ever been haute cuisine, it is essentially a workingman’s lunch. When you are working, traveling, or having some kind of festival event, you do not always have time to sit down for meal. Having a meal in a neat, sealed bread package that you can slip into a pocket or pouch is a solution that many cultures have discovered.

Karl’s Chicken Florentine Bierock

Karl’s Chicken Florentine Bierock

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