Whipped Shortbread

Every year on Hanukkah, my sister hosts all of us for a candle lighting gathering. The menu hasn’t changed for years: the appetizers consist of a hearty soup, salads, pizza for the kids (and some of the adults), interesting breads and the likes.  And for the main course, coffee and cakes. Each of us bakes one
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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Muffins

I was in dire need for baking something simple at the end of this hectic week.  Something with just a few ingredients, 2-3 bowls, no mixer. My fellow bakers from Baked Sunday Mornings were busy baking a Brown Butter Apple Cranberry Galette, but I managed, in an atypical move, to convince myself not to join them on that
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Sourdough Mother Dough

I really tried to give Peter Reinhart’s sourdough recipe priority over others.  And I loved the whole wheat sourdough bread I made with his mother dough.  It was dense, filling and texturally interesting. But Better Half, and those of my kids who do agree to eat whole wheat bread, kept on asking politely why can’t I make
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Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread with Sunflower and Other Seeds לחם שאור מחיטה מלאה עם גרעיני חמניות וקימל

This recipe is an extremely dangerous one.  Once you get the hang of it, this bread becomes part of your weekly routine, just like doing laundry or the weekly shopping.  It’s nothing like any bought loaf of bread I’ve ever tasted and it’s really not at all difficult to make. You can never tire of this
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Crumb Muffins מאפינס חמאת בוטנים וריבה עם שטרויזל בוטנים

My first encounter with peanut butter was late one night in Grama’s kitchen.  Gramma and Zeidi, Better Half’s grandparents, had moved to Israel a few months before we met each other and their apartment, conveniently located between both our parents’ and only 15 minutes away (by motorcycle) from our university, soon became our favorite meeting
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