Saturday, August 22, 2009

Introducing Friday Favorites:
Would You Like to Guest Blog about Your Favorite Bread Recipe on A Year in Bread?

Susan's Cottage House White Whole Wheat (recipe coming soon)

As summer winds down and school starts back up, many breadies are rinsing the sand (or garden soil) off their hands and feet and returning to the kitchen, refreshed and ready to get back into the dough. Those of us who bake bread year round despite the heat—and without the luxury of air-conditioning—are simply thankful that cranking up the oven in order to feed our loved ones peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwiches on homemade Honey Bran Whole Wheat will no longer cause serious amounts of sweating.

Whatever your bread baking situation, it's obvious that we need some fabulous new recipes here on A Year in Bread—and that's where you come in. Beth and I haven't stopped baking bread these past months, but we have been lax about blogging about baking bread—mostly due to physical injuries that both of us managed to sustain and which have been seriously limiting our computer time. (We're best friends, but sometimes it feels like we have a little too much in common!)

So, while we continue to regroup, recover, and re-evaluate what we're doing with this site (so many tips, ideas, and recipes to share, so little time to write about them!), we thought it would be fun to reach out to our readers.

The idea is simple: (most) every Friday we'll be featuring Friday Favorites, where guest breadies have a chance to share their favorite yeast bread recipes with A Year in Bread readers. You can write about any kind of yeast bread in any shape or size—rolls, flatbreads, giant family loaves, etc.—but the recipe must be one you've made more than once (preferably numerous times) and really, really love.

Specialty breads (gluten-free, sourdough, etc.) as well as more complicated recipes are welcome, but to start out we'll be featuring breads that are especially accessible and appealing to beginning and intermediate bakers.

What we're looking for:
You don't need to be a blogger to be featured on Friday Favorites, but you'll need at least one good photo that shows the inside of the bread to go with your recipe. Three to five step-by-step images are encouraged but not required.

Your post should include:

—A brief introduction about your bread and why you love this recipe, any story that goes along with it, and a little bit about yourself and your bread baking experience if desired.

—A list of ingredients in the order they're used, preferably with the weight of each ingredient in both ounces and grams included, along with the volume measurements (but not absolutely necessary).

—Detailed, easy to follow numbered instructions. Click here to see the previously posted Friday Favorites.

We'll need your finished article by the Wednesday before your scheduled Friday. You will, of course, receive full credit for the post, and we'll be happy to include links to your blog and/or flickr page if you have them.

If the recipe you share is an original creation of yours, you'll retain all rights to it. If your recipe is adapted from another source (cookbook, website, etc.) you'll need to credit (and link to, if possible) that source in your post. If your favorite bread recipe happens to be a variation of one of ours, we will of course be thrilled.

So what do you think—are you ready to share your favorite bread recipe? If you are, simply e-mail us (ayearinbread AT gmail DOT com) with FRIDAY FAVORITES as the subject line. Please include your name, blog address and/or flickr page if you have them, and a brief description of your bread recipe in the message. We can't wait to hear from you!

In the meantime, if you don't have a favorite bread yet, you might just find one in our index of recipes.

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Gluten-Free Bread Porn and The Knead to Know:
Do You Have a Favorite Gluten Free Yeast Bread Recipe?

Gluten-Free Turkey Sandwich on Nutty Bread from Elana's Pantry (image via flickr, posted to the A Year in Bread flickr group)

Have you ever baked gluten free yeast bread? I haven't had a chance to experiment with gluten free bread baking—I'm still struggling to master the intricacies of working with wheat and rye and oat flour, but some of you have been asking about gluten-free bread recipes.

Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Sandwich Bread from Karina's Kitchen

I know there are many bakers out there who need to avoid gluten or are baking for someone who does—and you'd still like delicious homemade yeast bread to be a part of your lives.

Gluten-Free English Muffins from Karina's Kitchen

These breads—from three popular gluten-free bloggers—are proof that great homemade gluten-free bread is indeed possible.

Artisinal Sorghum Bread from Gluten-Free Girl

Here are links to a few more of their tried and true recipes to inspire you:
Karina's Gluten-Free Ryeless Rye Bread
Karina's Gluten-Free Focaccia with Garlic and Tomato
Karina's Gluten-Free Bread Machine Tips
Elana's Gluten-Free Bread 2.0
Elana's Gluten-Free Dark 'Rye' Bread with Flax
Shauna's Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
Shauna's Guide to Working with Gluten-Free Flours (and a Gluten-Free Apple & Pear Cobbler Recipe

Do you have a favorite gluten-free yeast bread recipe? If it's online somewhere or you've written about it on your own blog or posted a photo on flickr (you do belong to the A Year in Bread flickr group, right?), you're welcome to include a link to it in your comment—or you can simply share the entire recipe!

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