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Bread for All Seasons: Delicious and Distinctive Recipes for Year-Round Baking by Beth Hensperger

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  • rionafaith on October 09, 2017

    This book has a very nice assortment of breads, all different types and many with international or regional flair. Only volume measurements though, no weights, which is always a shame in baking books. I've found some of the instructions a bit lacking as well.

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  • Cajun French Quarter rolls

    • Lillibet on April 10, 2013

      Really yummy - crusty rolls with a swirl of cajun spice - mouth warming. DO read recipe through first to get timings right as it has a slow rising sponge.

  • Sesame whole-wheat bread

    • rionafaith on October 09, 2017

      p. 43 -- Tasty, hearty bread. This is more of a soft, squishy, and slightly chewy loaf rather than crusty. I may not have kneaded enough, as the dough was still extremely sticky, but Hensperger warns not to knead for more than 2 minutes (which hardly seemed like enough). I put all 3 freeform loaves on one half-sheet pan as instructed, but they puffed up quite a lot in the oven and ended up running into each other and the sides of the pan quite a bit. I also sprinkled some extra sesame seeds on top, but they didn't stick very well without an egg wash. They were done at the 35 minute mark, registering 207* on an instant-read thermometer.

  • Oatmeal-graham bread

    • Bloominanglophile on September 13, 2013

      I made this bread back in 2007, and decided I might try it again with two minor changes. Apparently the egg yolk wash didn't work well, so I made a note to use just a milk wash, if anything, and eliminate the sesame seeds. Beth Hensperger recommends serving this bread with soup, but I felt it was too sweet for that. I did agree that it would make good toast (and possibly a nice bread and butter pudding).

  • Sweet vanilla challah

    • rionafaith on September 03, 2017

      p. 154 -- This smelled INCREDIBLE as it was baking and tastes just as good, especially warm from the oven. I substituted vanilla bean paste for extract so the loaves would have pretty flecks throughout and it was a nice touch. Not too sweet, would be very nice for breakfast or with tea.

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  • ISBN 10 0811805980
  • ISBN 13 9780811805988
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Sep 01 1995
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Edition illustrated edition
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Chronicle Books
  • Imprint Chronicle Books

Publishers Text

Fresh, seasonal ingredients highlighted in 80 internationally inspired recipes, including special holiday breads.


Try the Tomato Bread with Fresh Basil, the Pumpkin Spice Swirls, the Toasted Pine Nut Adobe Bread, Saffron-Currant Buns or the sweet, low-fat Roasted Chestnut Bread: all are unusual and exceptional.



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