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Juergen Krauss

Just made the Rich Sourdough Barches from Inside The Jewish Bakery for the first time.

The dough is a bit wetter than I am used to for Challah, but still manageable.

The taste and texture are great!

Thank you, Stan and Norm!

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ITJB Round 2 Week 11: Elephant Ears (p. 145) 7/7/12 - 7/14/12

July 9, 2012 - 9:22pm -- Urchina

These are absolutely not the Elephant Ears I grew up with. The Elephant Ears I grew up with were giant platters of fried dough dredged liberally in cinnamon sugar and served terrifyingly hot out of a booth at the local fair. They were awesome but not the sort of thing one would attempt at home unless one had a very large quantity of oil in a very, very large pot. 

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ITJB Round 2 Week 6: Sandwich Cookies (p. 226) June 9 - June 16

June 10, 2012 - 6:07pm -- Urchina

I really love these sandwich cookies. I love their simplicity, their yumminess, and the fact that everyone else loves them is a bonus. If you have any fresh apricot jam to slather on them, even better, though I hear they are also (perhaps unfairly) good sandwiched with Nutella. Which  makes me think that maybe I should sandwich some with chocolate ganache and raspberry jam. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!



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New bagel-maker question

May 29, 2012 - 7:47pm -- maxamilliankolbe

I’m a new bagel-maker and I’m using the following recipe from Inside the Jewish Bakery:

5 cups High-gluten flour*

1½ cups+ 1 Tbs Warm Water (105°F/40°C_)

1 Tbs Malt powder, malt syrup,* or honey

1 tsp Table salt

½ tsp Instant yeast*

2 Tbs Poppy seed, sesame seed* and/or kosher salt for topping

2 Tbs Malt syrup*, honey or sugar for boiling


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ITJB Round 2 Week 5: 125 percent yellow cake (526/12 - 6/2/12)

May 26, 2012 - 12:32pm -- Urchina

Hello bakers!

This on-time post comes to you courtesy of a strained back (mine) which is preventing me from doing anything else on this unfairly beautiful first day of the Memorial Day weekend. However, it comes to mind that there is very little a good cake won't fix, so I'm looking forward to this week's bake -- yellow cake! I hope I haven't just jinxed it for myself. 

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ITJB Round 2 Week 3: Passover Macaroons (p. 245) 5-5-12 to 5-12-12

May 9, 2012 - 3:33pm -- Urchina

Oh my, May is flitting away from me already! Sorry for the lateness of getting this week's posting up. But what a recipe for the week! Coconut! Macaroons! What's not to like? 

(I like 'em moist and chewy. And since mention of coconuts brings to mind a) tropical drinks and b) Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail, there may be a libation-fueled movie marathon in this week's lineup. But that may just be me). Enjoy them however you will!

I did a brief errata check: None noted on the NY Bakers website. So bake away!


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ITJB Round 2 Week 2: Bakery Challah (p. 26): 4/28/12 to 5/5/12

April 30, 2012 - 9:45am -- Urchina

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo (OK, not really) -- bakery challah! I'd never made challah before test-baking for this book, and I can't believe I missed out on so many years of this fantastic bread. It's beautiful, it's tasty, it's so much easier than it looks. 

I think I'm going to go all-out with a really snazzy braid this time -- but the braiding directions in the book make it easy. (And watch -- now that I've announced my intentions to the world, I'll have the worst-ever braid. Murphy's Law lives at my house). 

Hope everyone enjoys this one -- 


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Inside the Jewish Bakery Baking Challenge: Round 2!

April 21, 2012 - 11:02am -- Urchina

Ding! Ding! 


Calling all bold bakers for the second round of the Inside the Jewish Bakery baking challenge! To sum up: We're attempting to bake every recipe in Stan Ginsberg and Norm Berg's book "Inside the Jewish Bakery: Recipes and Memories from the Golden Age of Jewish Baking." This is a great book written by two of our own Fresh Loafers, and many of us had the honor of being test bakers while the book was being written. Now that it's out, we are trying out all the recipes. Hooray!

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Gearing up for the second round of the Inside the Jewish Bakery challenge!

April 15, 2012 - 10:44pm -- Urchina

Hi, everyone! 

Wow, I can't believe it's mid-April already! I just wanted to let everyone know that I'll be posting the next round of our Inside the Jewish Bakery challenge next weekend, a little later than I'd originally planned. I plan to try to alternate sweet and savory recipes in this next round, and there will also be a bit more bread this time through. I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone does, and am hoping I'll get to bake more this time! 


See you all in a bit... 




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