Heritage Baking by Ellen King

Heritage Baking: Recipes for Rustic Breads and Pastries Baked with Artisanal Flour by Ellen King is a go-to resource for bakers of all skill levels who are dedicated to learning new techniques that lead to better loaves with more flavor. 

These 45 foolproof recipes for delicious, nutritious, good-for-the-gut breads and pastries star a wide range of artisanal flours that are now readily available to home bakers (thanks Amazon). These flours add layers of flavor and texture, and combined with a natural starter and long fermentation, make these baked goods enjoyable even by those who have difficulty with gluten. In-depth master tutorials to starter, country loaves, and adjusting recipes for different flours are paired with step-by-step photography sequences that help visual learners get these fundamentals just right. Including recipes for one-of-a-kind rolls, scones, muffins, coffee cake, cookies, brownies, and more, this is a new take on baking for the home baker's cookbook canon.

As with all good breads, there is a time investment required for example some bread doughs need to be worked three to six times once every 30 minutes. For those of us who have a packed schedule those breads can be tackled on a lazy weekend. Muffins, cornbread, brioche and many other recipes can be accomplished without setting a timer. Ellen recommends heritage flour and if you cannot find that locally, Amazon has options.

Measurements, of course, are given in weight and volume with a plethora of step-by-step photos and detailed instructions. These delicious and good-for-you baked goods make her Evanston, Illinois bakery, Hewn Bread, a hot spot. This book and binge watching GBBO late at night makes me want to slow down and just bake - good stuff. 

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Herbed dinner rolls
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Makes 12 rolls

For a really easy alternative to a traditional roll, we add some herbs to the dough and brush with rosemary-infused butter. It makes for a more festive addition to the meal, especially around the fall and winter holidays. The smell of baking rosemary is also a comforting, natural fragrance for the home.


  • 485 g (31/2 cups) sifted heritage flour (HRW/HRS), such as Red Fife or Glenn
  • 55 g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 6 g (1 tsp) fine sea salt
  • 7 g (11/2 tsp) instant yeast
  • 50 g (1 large) egg
  • 120 g (1/2 cup) water
  • 120 g (1/2 cup) milk
  • 113 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 g (1 tsp) chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 g (1 tsp) chopped fresh thyme

Rosemary butter

  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 56 g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast and mix on low speed to combine.

With the mixer running on low speed, add the egg, water, and milk. Slowly add the cubed butter, a few cubes at a time, and continue mixing for 5 minutes, or until all of the butter is incorporated. Fold in the chopped rosemary and thyme.

Remove the dough from the bowl and gently knead with your hands for about 1 minute. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for 45 minutes.

Take the dough out of the bowl and divide into 12 equal balls (about 50 g each). Take each ball and place in the palm of your hand and round them on the counter to create skin tension.

Coat a 10-in [25-cm] cake pan or a 10-in [25-cm] cast-iron skillet with cooking spray. Place the balls in the pan or skillet, spacing them about 1/4 in [6 mm] apart. They should fit snugly into the pan and will bake into each other; you can tear or slice them apart after baking.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let sit in a warmer part of your kitchen for 1 hour to proof. Don't let the plastic wrap touch the dough or it will stick when you remove it.

Preheat the oven to 350°F [175°C].

Bake for 24 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until golden brown.

Meanwhile, to make the rosemary butter, in a small microwavable bowl or in a small saucepan with the rosemary sprig, melt the 50 g [1/4 cup] butter.

Remove the rolls from the oven and brush with the rosemary-infused melted butter while still hot.

Let cool for 10 minutes and serve warm, or cool completely, cover with plastic wrap, and serve the next day. The rolls can be frozen for up to 3 months in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container.

Rewarm frozen rolls in the oven at 350°F [175°C] for 10 minutes, brush the tops with about 1 tsp butter each while warm, and serve. Once the rolls are reheated, they are best eaten that day.

Reprinted from Heritage Baking by Ellen King with permission by Chronicle Books, 2018


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  • Dewnie  on  1/3/2019 at 7:55 PM

    The cheddar country bread.......luv making bread!

  • ebs  on  1/3/2019 at 8:04 PM

    Seeded whole wheat sounds great

  • thecharlah  on  1/3/2019 at 8:04 PM

    Potato rosemary

  • Amdona  on  1/3/2019 at 8:11 PM

    Raspberry mascarpone brownies

  • Elbyem  on  1/3/2019 at 8:14 PM

    Pan bread

  • JOAwong  on  1/3/2019 at 8:33 PM

    Spent Grain Bread

  • DarcyVaughn  on  1/3/2019 at 9:19 PM

    Turkey red and gruyere bread

  • Thunderwood  on  1/3/2019 at 9:22 PM

    Seasonal berry brioche

  • Rosesrpink50  on  1/3/2019 at 9:35 PM

    Feta Dill Brioche Rolls

  • jmay42066  on  1/3/2019 at 9:50 PM

    Heritage dark chocolate brownies

  • jr0717  on  1/3/2019 at 10:31 PM

    The seasonal berry brioche

  • Maefleur  on  1/3/2019 at 10:53 PM

    After the herbed dinner rolls, I’d like to make the turkey red and gruyere

  • matag  on  1/4/2019 at 12:10 AM

    House jam brioche rolls

  • demomcook  on  1/4/2019 at 12:12 AM

    Seasonal berry brioche rolls

  • Berryd  on  1/4/2019 at 5:39 AM

    Heritage country bread

  • Vanice  on  1/4/2019 at 6:43 AM

    Morning Glory Muffins

  • Kristjudy  on  1/4/2019 at 7:00 AM

    Cheddar country bread

  • vickster  on  1/4/2019 at 8:06 AM

    Seeded whole wheat

  • KarenGlad  on  1/4/2019 at 9:07 AM

    Cinnamon roll brioche

  • kmn4  on  1/4/2019 at 9:11 AM

    Lavender lemon muffins

  • stephlinde  on  1/4/2019 at 9:17 AM

    Seeded whole wheat sounds right up my alley.

  • Amandaspamanda  on  1/4/2019 at 10:49 AM

    Heritage bread master formula - I've been using the same formula for years, and would love to try something new!

  • lean1  on  1/4/2019 at 1:02 PM

    Cranberry Walnut seems like a good place to start!

  • sarahawker  on  1/4/2019 at 1:22 PM

    Bacon Parmesan scones

  • riley  on  1/4/2019 at 2:19 PM

    Sourdough maple-oat scones

  • janv  on  1/4/2019 at 2:48 PM

    Cinnamon roll brioche

  • mcrimmins  on  1/4/2019 at 3:20 PM

    Parmesan Garlic

  • JulieQC  on  1/4/2019 at 4:48 PM

    Morning glory muffins!

  • jinni  on  1/4/2019 at 5:11 PM

    First, sourdough maple oat scones, then the heritage rye.

  • Ebochan  on  1/4/2019 at 7:38 PM

    I am new to bread baking so would start with the Herbed dinner rolls!

  • stepspior  on  1/4/2019 at 8:44 PM

    Basic brioche dough

  • Blandina  on  1/5/2019 at 8:27 AM

    Parmesan garlic 🤗😋😋😋

  • dbielick  on  1/5/2019 at 9:15 AM

    Cranberry walnut

  • laureljean  on  1/5/2019 at 10:24 AM

    I'd start right at the beginning with the Hewn heritage starter.

  • Jpowers  on  1/5/2019 at 10:45 AM

    Herbed dinner rolls! Interested in Amazon’s selection of artisanal flours too.

  • Bullwinkle72  on  1/5/2019 at 11:46 AM

    Toss up between the cheddar country (because CHEESE) and the potato rosemary

  • t.t  on  1/5/2019 at 12:05 PM

    Picholine olive bread

  • ravensfan  on  1/5/2019 at 12:35 PM

    Brioche loaves

  • ChefPauli  on  1/5/2019 at 2:08 PM

    Parmesan Garlic or Cheddar Country Bread!!

  • R202081  on  1/5/2019 at 2:15 PM

    Seasonal berry brioche

  • Lauramh  on  1/5/2019 at 3:29 PM

    Hewn starter! I'm a sourdough baker and love to experiment.

  • Dannausc  on  1/5/2019 at 4:07 PM

    Cranberry walnut!!!

  • amylou61  on  1/5/2019 at 4:18 PM

    Is make the Cinnamon Roll Brioche

  • RSW  on  1/5/2019 at 4:29 PM

    The Hewn heritage starter

  • JJWong  on  1/5/2019 at 11:17 PM

    I love bread!! I'd love to try the potato rosemary bread and the cranberry walnut bread.

  • LaurenE  on  1/6/2019 at 9:47 AM

    Morning Glory Muffins

  • kgmom  on  1/6/2019 at 10:37 AM

    Herbed dinner rolls. Always anxious to make a great roll, might form them for burgers!

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  1/6/2019 at 1:15 PM

    Potato-rosemary-Gruyère brioche rolls.

  • Steben  on  1/6/2019 at 1:16 PM

    Lavender lemon muffins

  • lpatterson412  on  1/6/2019 at 3:12 PM

    I would so love to try Heritage Rye! I would love this book, just got a grain mill so I want to try out all the bread!

  • rsgrandinetti  on  1/6/2019 at 9:13 PM

    I would love to try the Cheddar country bread

  • tennyogirl  on  1/7/2019 at 8:48 PM

    Heritage country

  • Nrshelley  on  1/8/2019 at 4:32 PM

    I would love to try Sourdough tart cherry coffee cake

  • kelliwinter  on  1/10/2019 at 11:55 PM


  • banba1  on  1/11/2019 at 7:43 PM

    Seeded whole wheat

  • Kblg  on  1/11/2019 at 10:24 PM

    Heritage berry and corn muffins.

  • leilx  on  1/12/2019 at 3:19 PM

    Bostock. Never seen a recipe for it before.

  • debbiehb  on  1/12/2019 at 4:47 PM

    Parmesan garlic

  • lgroom  on  1/14/2019 at 2:23 AM

    Potato rosemary bread

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  1/14/2019 at 11:50 AM

    I want to make the Bloody Butcher polenta bread.

  • maggietom1  on  1/16/2019 at 3:04 PM

    Is there anything better than cranberry walnut? Think I'd start there..... yum

  • popoff  on  1/16/2019 at 4:34 PM

    Picholine olive

  • elsid22  on  1/16/2019 at 5:32 PM

    Sourdough maple oat squares

  • antpantsii  on  1/17/2019 at 10:12 PM

    Habanero, cilantro, cornbread

  • ktowle  on  1/18/2019 at 5:21 PM

    Morning Glory Muffins

  • lovelily1001  on  1/18/2019 at 9:43 PM

    Cinnamon roll brioche

  • F00dfan  on  1/19/2019 at 11:32 AM

    I would like to try the Cranberry Walnut bread.

  • Karla123  on  1/19/2019 at 4:01 PM

    Seeded whole wheat bread...this would be great served with a hearty soup.

  • Cookingfun  on  1/21/2019 at 3:00 PM

    Potato and rosemary!!

  • jluvs2bake  on  1/22/2019 at 1:20 PM

    Potato-rosemary-Gruyère brioche rolls

  • Delunadesign  on  1/23/2019 at 2:57 PM

    Seasonal fruit brioche!

  • MachelleH  on  1/27/2019 at 6:08 AM

    Brioche loaves

  • percussion03  on  1/27/2019 at 8:42 AM

    Hard to decide. Spent grain bread? Sourdough ginger peach scones?

  • liasim  on  1/27/2019 at 9:24 AM

    Feta dill brioche rolls

  • sequoia55  on  1/27/2019 at 5:25 PM

    Cranberry walnut bread

  • EmilyR  on  1/28/2019 at 12:19 AM

    Lavender lemon muffins

  • Sfgordon  on  1/28/2019 at 5:35 PM

    I'd try the Herbed dinner rolls first!

  • verorenee  on  1/29/2019 at 5:07 PM

    potato rosemary

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  1/30/2019 at 9:21 AM

    potato-rosemary-Gruyère brioche rolls found on page 137

  • happybread  on  1/30/2019 at 3:54 PM

    Feta-dill brioche rolls - because they sound delicious

  • Laura1  on  1/30/2019 at 7:35 PM

    morning glory muffins

  • MiMi60  on  1/31/2019 at 1:50 PM

    Raspberry mascarpone brownies

  • hillsboroks  on  2/1/2019 at 8:25 PM

    Cinnamon roll brioche

  • tacoo  on  2/2/2019 at 7:23 PM

    Cinnamon roll brioche

  • ket06e  on  2/4/2019 at 11:01 AM

    Seeded whole wheat and then the sourdough maple-oat scones!

  • auntietina  on  2/5/2019 at 10:07 PM

    Parmesan garlic bread.

  • JenjiRM  on  2/6/2019 at 3:16 PM

    Potato rosemary!

  • SheriSheri  on  2/7/2019 at 10:05 AM

    heritage rye

  • SheriSheri  on  2/7/2019 at 10:35 AM

    heritage rye

  • littleminxgirl  on  2/8/2019 at 7:55 AM

    Dark chocolate brownies sound amazing

  • TammyDee  on  2/9/2019 at 2:13 PM

    I'd probably try something very traditional first. Heritage Country Bread looks really good.

  • pwalker  on  2/9/2019 at 2:23 PM

    seasonal berry brioche rolls. The berries will have to be frozen at this time of year, alas.

  • tdharrison  on  2/9/2019 at 2:57 PM

    I'm most interested in page 47, maintaining the Hewn heritage starter. Starter's are one of the foundation pieces to good baking.

  • BMeyer  on  2/9/2019 at 3:29 PM

    herbed dinner rolls

  • Jenshaw2626  on  2/9/2019 at 3:41 PM

    This book looks amazing! I would love to make the House Jam Brioche Rolls!!

  • lisambb  on  2/9/2019 at 4:04 PM

    Something with cheese.

  • GigiHM  on  2/9/2019 at 4:21 PM

    Parmesan bacon scones

  • RickPearson54  on  2/9/2019 at 4:52 PM


  • charissa  on  2/9/2019 at 6:54 PM

    Seeded whole wheat for sure. I love seedy breads!

  • Goodcookermom  on  2/9/2019 at 7:10 PM

    bacon parmesan scones

  • virjeania  on  2/9/2019 at 8:45 PM

    i'd make Cheddar country bread

  • Sionna  on  2/10/2019 at 7:12 AM

    Cinnamon roll brioche sounds delicious.

  • jnavarro2019  on  2/10/2019 at 7:49 AM


  • stpbcyld50  on  2/10/2019 at 7:51 AM

    Bloody butcher polenta bread sounds interesting!

  • mph993  on  2/10/2019 at 10:43 AM

    Sourdough tart cherry coffee cake

  • KarenDel  on  2/10/2019 at 11:18 AM

    Heritage whole wheat

  • mrscahughes  on  2/10/2019 at 2:35 PM

    herbed dinner rolls

  • stepspior  on  2/10/2019 at 7:21 PM

    Potato-rosemary-Gruyère brioche rolls

  • brigs03  on  2/11/2019 at 7:52 AM

    Carrot ginger bread

  • Elve56  on  2/11/2019 at 9:35 AM

    Potato rosemary bread as I have some beautiful rosemary even if partially covered in snow!

  • tararr  on  2/11/2019 at 12:35 PM

    Potato Rosemary

  • BethFishReads  on  2/12/2019 at 5:09 PM

    I'd try the Herbed dinner rolls !

  • fbrunetti  on  2/12/2019 at 8:11 PM

    Brioche loaves

  • edyenicole  on  2/13/2019 at 7:34 PM

    the pan bread!

  • artthecat  on  2/14/2019 at 8:42 AM

    Lavender lemon muffins

  • Lmocooks  on  2/14/2019 at 9:10 AM

    Heritage Rye

  • Nancith  on  2/15/2019 at 2:34 PM

    Bloody butcher polenta bread--love the name!

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