Mini Onion Bialys

mini onion bialys cooling
mini onion bialys cooling
Chewy and super savory!

Mini Bialys, or, as we like to call them, Babialys, are a traditional Polish or Jewish bread product normally made with onions and poppy seeds. Well, maybe the mini part isn’t traditional, but making them smaller means you can eat more, so let’s do it. Now, you might never have had, or perhaps even heard of Bialys before, but don’t let that scare you. They’re similar to a bagel, but without a hole — just a depression filed with caramelized onions. And, they’re tasty! So, let’s scratch up a bunch of Babialys!

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Soft IPA Pretzel Knots

soft IPA pretzel knots
soft IPA pretzel knots
Pretzels and beer! All in one snack!

Who doesn’t like pretzels and beer? What about pretzels made with beer? We thought that would get your attention. Think about it: you can bring these pretzels on a road trip and enjoy the great taste of an India Pale Ale and pretzels, yet not worry one bit, because all the alcohol bakes out when you make them, so they’re perfectly fine to snack on anytime or anywhere. Naturally, if you’re at home, we suggest that you dip them in a bit of India Pale Ale Mustard, naturally.

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Potato Focaccia

potato focaccia
potato focaccia
Potato focaccia and cannelloni for dinner. Prego!

When you have a bread starter, one of the things you have to do is feed it each week (or thereabouts). It doesn’t matter if you aren’t going to be baking, it doesn’t matter if your freezer is full of bread, you still need to feed the starter. And, that means you’ll have starter that needs to be used, somehow, some way. Otherwise, it’ll go to waste, and we can’t have that. So, we’ve learned a few ways to use the starter, including turning it into about a pound of bread dough. It’s not great bread dough, so we won’t go into details about how we do it, but we will give you the lowdown on how you can turn about a pound of bread dough into potato focaccia. Fair enough?

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Bagel Bomblettes

bagel bomblette sliced in half
bagel bomblette sliced in half
The cream cheese is in the middle!

Years ago, we read about Bagel Bombs® in Momofuku Milk Bar, by Christina Tosi, and thought that it was a great idea to make a cream cheese spread to use as a filling for round bagels. Now, we wouldn’t go as far as registering the name, but we aren’t in the business of selling these things; instead, we’re just trying to pass on great ideas to you. So, we choose to call ours bagel bomblettes (because we make them smaller; also, our name isn’t registered, so you can use it whenever and wherever you please), and say that ours are simply based on the idea of Bagel Bombs®.

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Simple Parmesan Croutons (for Soup)

simple Parmesan croutons
simple Parmesan croutons
You can have these croutons ready for soup in under five minutes.

We always like to add some texture to our soups. Often, it’s croutons, made by cubing bread, tossing it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic, then baking it in the oven. It doesn’t take all that much effort, but, what about the times that you’re busy in the kitchen with other things, and just can’t fit in a batch of freshly-made croutons? Well, this post is an answer for you.

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Lefse (Scandinavian Potato Flatbread)

cooking lefse
cooking lefse
Fresh lefse, right from the hot griddle!

This is what we wanted you to save leftover mashed potatoes for: lefse. We’ve wanted to make these for a while, but we never seem to have leftover mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are just so good that we generally eat them all the same day we make them. But, this time we planned ahead, and made more mashed potatoes than we could eat. All so we could make lefse the next day. Want to see how to make lefse? Just follow along.

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Cacao Nib and Raspberry Scones

cacao nib and raspberry scone
cacao nib and raspberry scone
Bitter, tart, sweet, and savory. This scone has it all!

When we read about these scones in Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea, we knew we had to make them. The idea of slightly bitter cacao nibs with tart raspberries in a flaky scone were nearly irresistible. Naturally, we copied down the recipe in our abbreviated fashion. In full, including a parenthetical comment:

Raw cacao and raspberry scones

Make scones dough. Add 20 g cacao nibs and 10 g freeze dried raspberries (amounts seem low).

Idea from Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard

If that’s not quite enough for you, we’ve added a few details and a photo or two.

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