Five Essential New Bread Books (Yes, they are truly essential)

September 13, 2017 | By matt | 0 Comments

I had no idea I needed more bread cookbooks, but…well…it turns out I do.  Actually, it looks like I need at least two more bread cookbooks (I already have three of the five recommendations below) because authors and bakers keep finding new takes on home bread baking (and side note: I might be a borderline […]

The Fantastic Marble Cake That Was Supposed to Be A Pretzel

April 11, 2017 | By matt | 0 Comments

Honestly, this post was supposed to be about a pretzel. It was going to be a breathless retelling of my adventures in making the absolutely gorgeous Brezeln (aka Soft Pretzels) featured in Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss. There were going to be many photos of twisting and dipping and baking (a little random, rustic […]

All About Black Cocoa Powder

November 29, 2016 | By matt | 0 Comments

I have always been a fan of black cocoa powder, and I am glad to see that it is finally finding a stable home in America’s baking cupboard (often, alongside more traditional cocoa powders). And, since my original Black Cocoa Powder Cake post has been our most popular blog post year after year, I thought […]

Looking Forward: Fall 2016 Cookbooks Recommendations

September 13, 2016 | By matt | 0 Comments

above image from Better Baking by Genevieve Ko I am desperately trying to “Marie Kondo” my life right now, because I don’t really have a choice. My apartment is tiny by national standards and average by New York City standards and I am running out of room. Precious square feet are being eaten alive by big, […]

Baked is Opening in Japan

August 9, 2016 | By matt | 0 Comments

I suppose, in the end, it was always about Japan. It had to be. It wasn’t obvious, of course. This is the kind of thing that sneaks up on you. This is the kind of thing that rattles around your subconscious—a slight pinging of the brain. Like sonar. Then it surfaces, seeking oxygen, and unexpectedly—12-plus […]

Sourdough and Wood Fired Outdoor Oven: My Happy Place

May 26, 2016 | By matt | 0 Comments

Many of you already know that I am slightly (okay, more than slightly) obsessed with bread. And this has lead to an equal obsession with baking sourdough bread at home (if you are like-minded I encourage you to read this blog religiously). Obviously, the next logical (if there is any logic to obsessions) step in my compulsion […]

Current Obsession: Gjelina’s Kabocha, Olive Oil and Bittersweet Chocolate Cake

March 30, 2016 | By matt | 0 Comments

I have been in New York City for a very long time. Very long. And it will always be, in some sense, my home. But, because I am human and because New York is trying and filthy and expensive and aggravating in ways that only New York City can be, I slip into Didion daydreams. […]

The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookie (and it is Whole Wheat)

March 3, 2016 | By matt | 0 Comments

Kim Boyce’s Chocolate Chip Cookie is a workhorse. (And her book is amazing). It has been around awhile and it is simple and no fuss. No, you do not have to let it age in the refrigerator for 3 days to develop flavor as the flavor is provided by the inclusion of 3 cups of whole wheat flour […]

We Got Class

January 19, 2016 | By matt | 0 Comments

We are finally – FINALLY – launching our hands-on baking and decorating classes at Baked (Tribeca location)! And we want you to come join us. Our first class (Feb 10th), Beauty Tips from Baked, is a decorating class. Among the many thinks you will learn: how to make a silky buttercream, how to fill and […]

Twelve Days of Holiday Cookies: Icelandic Kleinur

December 16, 2015 | By johannah | 0 Comments

The Nordic countries share many food traditions, none more delicious than klejner, a deep-fried pastry that dates back to the middle ages and is a common Christmas treat across Scandinavia and Northern Germany. Some differences persist. Danish klejner are typically unleavened. The same is true for Swedish klenäter. In Denmark, we also have Norwegian klejner, which are […]

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