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Hensperger, Beth.
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New York : Simon & Schuster Source, [2002]

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118 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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TX763 .H46 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A warm slice of bread, fresh from the oven and spread with butter, is one of life's simple pleasures. Whether it's a traditional whole-wheat loaf, a crusty baguette, or tender blueberry muffins, the delicious taste and aroma of home-baked bread appeals to all of our senses. Best of all, delectable baked goods will delight friends and family alike.
Williams-Sonoma Collection Bread offers more than 40 delicious recipes, from traditional yeast breads to convenient quick breads, including breakfast treats such as muffins and scones. Whether you are in search of a savory sourdough loaf to serve with soup, simple dinner rolls to enhance the holiday table, or classic banana bread for an afternoon snack, this book includes recipes for every occasion. In addition, a final chapter on international breads, such as Italian focaccia or French brioche, rounds out this essential collection for the home baker.
Enticing photographs of each recipe make it easy to choose which bread to bake, and photographic side notes give insight into each recipe. Including all the techniques essential to mastering the art of making bread -- from mixing and kneading to rising and baking -- here is everything you need to bake the perfect loaf.

Author Notes

Beth Hensperger is a widely acclaimed expert on the subject of bread and has written many books on baking, including Bread for Breakfast, Bread for All Seasons, The Best Quick Breads, and The Bread Bible, for which she won a James Beard Award. Her articles have also appeared in such publications as Bon Appetit and Cooking Light. Ms. Hensperger lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Even accomplished cooks sometimes shy away from baking their own breads, since the task leaves such considerable room for error. How long to knead? How long to mix? How to add fruit or nuts without turning a loaf to lead? This attractive and informative volume, part of Williams-Sonoma's series of slim cookbooks, answers questions even the most nervous baker might have, providing step-by-step instructions for classics like Popovers and Corn Bread, as well as for more complicated yeast breads such as Swedish Rye and Oatmeal-Molasses Bread. Like all Williams-Sonoma guides, this book emphasizes the practical, providing a section in the end called "Bread Basics," which clarifies the difference between quick breads and yeast breads and explains the way breads should rise. The recipes themselves, accompanied by mouth-watering photographs, offer a comprehensive tour through the wide world of bread, with stops in Wales (for a fruity Welsh Bara Brith), Italy (for a deliciously salty Onion Foccacia and a sweet Christmas Panettone), and the Middle East (for firm and chewy Pita Bread). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
The Classics
Old-fashioned White Breadp. 10
Whole-Wheat Breadp. 13
Corn Breadp. 14
Buttermilk Biscuitsp. 17
Popoversp. 18
Sourdough Breadp. 21
Baguettesp. 22
Variety Yeast Breads
Brown Sugar-Raisin Breadp. 28
Oatmeal-Molasses Breadp. 31
Swedish Ryep. 32
Fig and Walnut Breadp. 35
Black Olive Breadp. 36
Grissinip. 39
Bagelsp. 40
Dinner Breads
Dinner Rollsp. 46
Sweet Potato Corn Breadp. 49
Corn Sticksp. 50
Cheddar Drop Biscuitsp. 53
Beer Batter Breadp. 54
Steamed Rye and Maple Brown Breadp. 57
Breakfast Breads
Crumb-Top Blueberry Muffinsp. 60
Lemon-Yogurt Muffinsp. 63
Sweet Carrot Muffinsp. 64
Cream Tea Scones with Currantsp. 67
Cranberry-Orange Sconesp. 68
Jelly Gem Breakfast Rollsp. 71
Country Cinnamon Rollsp. 72
Tea Breads and Desserts
Sour Cream-Blueberry Breadp. 76
Zucchini Breadp. 79
Banana-Nut Breadp. 80
Dark Chocolate Tea Breadp. 83
Welsh Bara Brithp. 84
Almond Stollenp. 87
Panettonep. 88
International Breads
Challahp. 94
Onion Focacciap. 97
Briochep. 98
Pita Breadp. 101
Ciabattap. 102
Bread Basicsp. 107
Indexp. 117