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The Metropolitan Bakery cookbook : artisan breads, pastries, and desserts from Philadelphia's premier bakery
Barrett, James, 1962-
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Publication Information:
[Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed to the book trade by St. Martin's Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xiii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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TX763 .B357 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In the tradition of great artisan bread bakers, James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born share a passionate commitment to bread based on traditional baking methods. Their vision has helped make the award-winning Metropolitan Bakery in Philadelphia a favorite destination for more than 13,000 customers each week. Now, just in time for its 10th anniversary celebration, co-owners Barrett and Born reveal the secrets that will allow you to enjoy the bakery's best breads, pastries, cookies, muffins, focaccia, flatbreads, cakes, and other baked goods at home.

The Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook offers more than 100 mouthwatering recipes for favorites such as Potato-Rosemary Bread, Country Bread, Brioche, Cappuccino Muffins, Fig-Oat Scones, Cinnamon Swirl Danish, Chocolate Layer Cake, Plum and Blackberry Crisps, Lemon Bars, Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, Spiced Cornmeal Crackers, and the bakery's signature French Berry Rolls. Also included are the "go-withs" that loyal customers seek out, like savory spreads and jams, salads, quiches, chutneys, and sandwiches. Accompanied by more than 75 photographs, these delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes--a compilation of both sweet and savory--are certain to win Metropolitan Bakery a new legion of devotees.

Established in 1993, Metropolitan Bakery is an artisan bread bakery specializing in handmade European rustic breads and pastries. Consistently voted "Best of Philly," the bakery has six retail locations throughout the Philadelphia area and supplies breads and pastries to more than 100 restaurants and gourmet stores.

Author Notes

James Barrett , co-owner and head baker, studied at the Culinary Institute of America and began baking bread as pastry chef at the White Dog Café. He lives in Philadelphia.

Wendy Smith Born , co-owner and president, met James Barrett when she was managing partner of the White Dog Café. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The Metropolitan Bakery in Philadelphia bakes European-style pastries, breads, spreads and salads that loyal customers have devoured over the past 10 years, helping the business expand into five retail locations and into mail order. Here chefs Barrett and Born share classics like Whole Grain Sandwich Bread, Fig Bars, Almond Croissants and luscious surprises like Blood Orange Eclairs. Directions are minimal, so home cooks would be wise to have a more comprehensive bread baking guide on hand. But even students who have mastered the foundation recipes for Whole Wheat Starter, Danish Dough and a variety of tart pastries, have still to ace creams and fillers like homemade dressing and marinated chicken for the deceptively simple-sounding Seared Chicken and Maytag Blue Cheese Sandwich. Home cooks should keep handy post-it notes for the cross-referencing required. Portions are restaurant sized (Raisin Bran Muffins makes 24). Faithful bakery goers may be thrilled to make their own Orange-Tarragon Savarin (soaked cakes), and Grilled Gruyere Cheese and Apple-Currant Chutney sandwich is an inspired combination, but the weekend gourmand will probably be more inspired to head to the store. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
The Chefp. 8
White Starterp. 9
Whole Wheat Starterp. 10
Rye Starterp. 11
Whole Wheat Levainp. 12
Country Breadp. 14
Potato-Rosemary Breadp. 18
French Berry Rollsp. 20
Pan Sobaop. 22
Whole Grain Sandwich Breadp. 24
Caramelized Onion-Thyme Breadp. 26
Apple-Rye Breadp. 30
French Baguettep. 32
Brioche Doughp. 34
Sticky Bunsp. 36
Muffins, Scones, and Cereal
Raisin-Bran Muffinsp. 40
Cappuccino Muffinsp. 41
Low-Fat Berry Muffinsp. 42
Apple-Filled Cardamom Muffinsp. 44
Millet Muffinsp. 46
Pumpkin-Walnut Muffinsp. 48
Whole Wheat Cherry Sconesp. 50
Fig-Oat Sconesp. 51
Orange-Currant Sconesp. 52
Cranberry-Almond Oat Cerealp. 55
Croissants and Danish
Puff Pastry Doughp. 58
Croissant Doughp. 62
Plain Croissantsp. 64
Almond Croissantsp. 66
Pear and Blue Cheese Croissant Tartp. 70
Danish Doughp. 72
Cinnamon Swirl Danishp. 74
Espresso-Chocolate Chip Swirlsp. 78
Meyer Lemon and Blueberry Turnoversp. 80
Citrus Angel Food Cakep. 84
Flourless Chocolate Cakep. 86
Chocolate Layer Cakep. 88
Banana-Nut Cakep. 91
Carrot Cakep. 92
Berry Crumb Cakep. 94
Mascarpone Cheesecakep. 96
Upside Down Plum Rose Geranium Cakep. 98
Ginger Spice Cakep. 100
Galette Bretonp. 101
Pies and Tarts
Sweet Pastryp. 104
Chocolate Pastryp. 104
Flaky Pie Pastryp. 105
Cornmeal Pastryp. 106
Coconut-Tapioca Tartp. 108
Chocolate "Mounds" Tartp. 110
Chocolate Walnut-Caramel Tartp. 112
Pumpkin Custard Tart with Datesp. 114
Caramelized Apple Tartp. 116
Fig and Almond Tartp. 118
Plum and Blackberry Crispsp. 120
Top-Crust Blueberry Piesp. 122
Strawberry-Rhubarb Piep. 124
Savory Cheese and Leek Tartp. 126
Summer Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Tartp. 128
Asparagus, Ham, and Parsley Quichep. 130
Vegetable Quichep. 132