Crusty Dutch Oven Bread (No Knead)

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This is TRULY a triumph in my kitchen. For people who have always wanted to make a crusty dense loaf of bread in their domestic oven and have never been successful, this is your ticket. Believe me, I’ve tried many techniques, from placing a pan of water in the oven to spritzing water frantically into the oven, but none of them were successful.

The bread has an amazingly crusty crust with an incredibly dense and chewy center. I don’t eat bread, but I had so much joy in creating this beautiful masterpiece. Running my knife on the crust just to hear the hard scraping noise was unbelievable. Hearing the crackle and crunch from the bread when slicing, was in essence, music to my ears. Continue reading

Danish Pastries – Cherry, Pastry Cream and Chocolate Chip

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The last time I made Danish pastries was for my birthday in 2009. This was about a year before honeyandspice was born. In fact, I had blogged about it in my private blog back then. Time got the best of me, and I hadn’t revisited this recipe for over 4 years!!! The photos I had then were pretty crude. Also, my cooking skills weren’t nearly as honed in as they are now.

I’d been planning to make Danish pastries again for some time now. In fact, I made homemade cherry jam especially for cherry Danishes (A’s favorite). The cherry jam had been sitting in the freezer since summer 2012! Continue reading

Fluffy Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

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These dinner rolls are tender and as light as air. They are super-easy to make and would delight anyone who likes fresh bread. I personally think they would taste excellent with butter and/or jam, but that’s just me. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try any of them, but was told that they were pretty good. I made them for Thanksgiving. Although they were good, I think the overall verdict was that our “traditional” potato rolls Continue reading

English Scones (gluten-, gum-, refined sugar-, dairy-free)

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I was browsing at food porn one morning and saw pictures of Devon cream scones. The photo made me salivate and I was determined to make them as soon as possible. I made two batches, one gluten-laden (for A.) and one gluten-free (for me). Unfortunately the gluten-free version (based on an online recipe) was not very good. The taste, texture and flavor of the scones made me want to hurl. I was so disappointed, especially after seeing A. devouring his delicious looking scones. I HAD to create a new batch. Continue reading

Rosemary Focaccia (gluten-, gum- and dairy-free)

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It’s been a long time since I last had focaccia, and then it was of the gluten-laden variety. This recipe is pretty darn good, and the resulting focaccia is awesome with soup.

The recipe is based on my gluten-free pizza crust recipe, where I just formed it into a different shape. I topped two with coarsely ground sea salt and fresh rosemary and two with cured black olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

Admittedly, the focaccia tastes nothing like the gluten-laden variety, but it is pretty good for what it is. It’s crisp on the outside, and chewy in the middle. Continue reading

Moist Cornbread (gluten-free)

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This cornbread is moist, tender, and absolutely delicious.

Since I went gluten-free, my baking took a nosedive. There were three reasons for this: (i) I didn’t miss the baked goods, (ii) I needed to lose weight, (iii) I didn’t want to make gluten-free stuff that had a myriad of ridiculous ingredients in it.

Initially, I bought some gluten-free flours because I thought I’d eventually play around with them. For months, I didn’t get around to using them because I realized that I had bad reactions to the gums Continue reading

Best-Ever Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon rolls? Ermmmm, yes! Big, plump, pillowy-soft, gooey cinnamon rolls? Yes please, sign me up!

I just did a quick search on honeyandspice to see if I had written this recipe up yet, and to my disbelief, the answer is no. I made this recipe about a year ago, and I have been depriving the world of wonderful soft bread with cinnamony goodness! For this I apologize, please forgive me.

Cinnamon has a certain aroma that is hard to resist. When spiraled with brown sugar and butter in soft white bread, it becomes even more Continue reading

English Breakfast Muffins

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English breakfast muffins should NOT be sour or tangy!  They should not have vinegar in them, and if they do, it should merely be a preservative and should not make your nostril hairs twitch in discomfort from the stink.  Eugh!

Since I have some muffins rings in my cupboard (from my crumpets experiment), I thought I’d whip up a batch. We were not disappointed!  The resulting muffins, were slightly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and when prised open, there was just the right amount of nooks and crannies to Continue reading

Best Ever Blueberry Streusel Scones

We have a to-make list, and since it is summer with blueberries being so abundant, I wanted to try something with fresh blueberries. Muffins came to mind, but scones superseded them.

It amazes me how few people realize that a scone (whether British or American) should not be hard, dry, or rubbery, and they certainly should not damage your palate whilst trying to enjoy it. In fact, a fresh, well made scone can be eaten on its own, no butter or jam is required to hide the dryness. However, if you prefer to eat your scones with butter or jam, who am I to tell you otherwise?

These scones are so simple to make, and you’d never believe that the amount of effort you put into these create such wonderful scones! On biting into these scones, you are greeted with a lightly crunchy exterior, only to reveal an amazingly soft, tender, and moreish center, which is lightly sweetened and full of bursting blueberry goodness. My mouth is watering at the thought of them now. Continue reading

Pillowy Soft Potato Rolls

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There’s something incredibly moreish about potato rolls, especially when they are soft, pillowy and packed full of flavor.  We were standing in a queue (line) at the supermarket (grocery store) when a couple behind us decide to plonk down 2 packets of potato rolls. A. looked over and said those potato rolls are soooooooooooo good, I could eat about a million right now. He claimed that they are so pillowy soft and incredibly addictive, but we didn’t buy any because we were going out to dinner.

I haven’t made potato rolls in a while, and I normally use my go-to recipe. The resulting rolls from this recipe are good; however, they did not give that pillowy soft texture that I would like. After searching relentlessly (… yeah, right), I found a really nice recipe. The results will not disappoint you. The rolls are sooooooooooo good.  We particularly enjoyed them warm from the oven slathered in butter, Continue reading

Thick Crust Pizza Dough

I’m racking my brain to think of someone I know who doesn’t like pizza. I suppose there could be a couple of people I know, but they are usually the people who are on a low-carb/gluten-free diet. Anyways, safe to say, I love pizza. In the past, I’ve worked hard to perfect a thin, crispy, yet light pizza base (crust). It took me over 4 years to do so. When challenged Continue reading

Devonshire Scones

In the summer of 2005, I was on vacation in the West Country in the UK. To be honest, it didn’t really feel like a vacation, because I was living in the UK at the time, but it was a great getaway for a long weekend. There were a few things that I wanted to do during this trip, which was accomplished, including eating real Cornish pasties and having a cream tea.

I did wonder why a “cream tea” was so darn expensive. Only to realize that it contained tea, scones, clotted cream and jam. I remember it was rainy and dull, and the cream tea was welcomed with open arms. The scones are slightly dry, but go so well with a thick layer of clotted cream and strawberry jam. They were SOOOO good. It was funny because I thought that I could feel my arteries clogging up with every mouthful, but the taste, flavor and texture was so worth it! Continue reading