Recipe: Crumpets

A British staple filled with nooks and crannies these aren’t available at all in Estonia so when I was craving them I thought I’d be kind of out of luck or that the recipe would be super difficult but I was pleasantly surprised that it’s no more difficult than making pancakes. I used biscuit cutters for the mold rings which was a little annoying but doable. These are really lovely with a bit of jam and cream cheese.

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Recipe: Nan-e Barbari

I’m always in support of making breads and this one is quick, easy, and delicious. The thing that separates this Iranian bread from other bread is a thick glaze that goes on before baking – a mixture of flour and oil that gives the top a nice crunch. It’s technically called a flat bread but it’s not quite flat, half-flat bread.

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Recipe: Blueberry Babka

I’ve become very enamored with Babka lately. There is something about the brioche-like texture and the sweet inside that really makes me happy but I actually do not like to stuff bread with chocolate and the cinnamon version always feels a little too dry so I decided to try a jam version and that is amazing. I can’t seem to make this without also getting jam all over the place but I’m sure that’s just a me-problem.

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Recipe: Pull Apart Garlic Bread

I guess the common name for making pull apart bread like this is “monkey bread” but out of all the names I really like “bubble bread” personally. This is a pretty standard recipe for garlic rolls / garlic knots but made into small pieces that make it really fun for a party and to share. This looks like it would take a lot of work really it’s probably only five extra minutes of work to dunk the balls in garlic-butter. If you don’t have a bundt pan then simply place a ramekin in the center of a round tin like I have.

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Recipe: Cheese Naan

This is a very quick naan that doesn’t need yeast and takes less than 20 minutes to make from start to finish. It doesn’t quite give you the same exact pillow-y texture that a yeasted dough would but with the layer of cheese (or anything else you decide to put inside) it makes a good last minute attention if you’ve forgotten to prep dough.

Cheese Naan

Recipe: Oladyi (Yeasted Blini)

I call these blini (because they’re yeasted pancakes) but I had a friend from Belarus recently tell me that these are call oladyi there and that what I think of as blinz are her blini but whatever you want to call them they’re absolutely delicious and they make the perfect canvas for a variety of toppings!

Oladyi (Yeasted Blini)

Recipe: Cinnamon Raisin Bread

This is a surprisingly easy recipe with perfect results. I’ve actually made this recipe a few times and incorrectly (!) once and it still came out just right. This bread is great on its own and not too sweet but it’s even better with some jam, butter, or even just a little cream cheese to really bring out the savory flavor of raisin.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Recipe: Honey and Apple Challah

A twist on classic challah for Rosh Hashanah or if you just want to impress your friends with what amounts to a very fluffy apple cake, this honey and apple challah is really good with a big cup of hot tea or coffee on a cold day. The honey gives it a nice sweetness without being overwhelming. I only used a single apple but I kind of wanted more apples in it, I might try using apple butter instead of regular butter for extra apple goodness next time.

Honey and Apple Challah