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Nancy Silverton's recipe for sourdough bagels comes from her classic book, Breads From The La Brea Bakery. Food Guy and "Baking Wizard" Greg Patent doesn't rely on Silverton's beloved recipe to satisfy just his summertime bagel-baking jones. He even uses a sourdough starter begun years ago following Silverton's in-depth instructions. 

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Emily Dickinson's Black Cake

Greg Patent writes:

The poet Emily Dickinson prided herself on her skill as a cook, and she was extremely proud of her black cake. This is a scaled-down version of her recipe, which was quadruple this one, and baked in a milk pail.

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Julia della Croce, who blogs authoritatively about Italian food, first tried the dense, sweet bisciola (pronounced "bee-shee-OH-la") in Italy's Valtellina Valley. Known as biscieùla, pan di fich (“fig bread”), panun, or panettone valtellinese, it's denser than the brioche-like pannetone you'd find in Milan.

'Food Guys' Recipe: Plum Torte

Feb 5, 2017
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Food Guy Greg Patent writes:

Once in a while a recipe catches on like wildfire and sends people straight to the kitchen.  One such recipe is Plum Torte, a simple-to-make butter cake topped with Italian prune plums, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon baked in a spring-form pan.

Recipe For Rustic Fruit Galettes

Aug 19, 2016
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“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”
― Alice Walker.

During the "peach time" of summer, Food Guy Greg Patent loves raw peaches, either unadorned or served with crème fraiche or crème Anglaise. He's also partial to peach galette, a simple, rustic French tart. Recipes for peach galette, crème fraiche and crème Anglaise follow.

'The Alchemy Of Baking' Explained

Jun 12, 2016
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“You can cook a piece of chicken, but it will still be just a piece of chicken. I prefer the alchemy of baking.”

Pillsbury Bake-Off Prizewinner: Spicy Apple Twists

Dec 13, 2015

Spicy Apple Twists

This recipe won the Grand Prize and $25,000 for Dorothy De Vault in 1958, at the 10th Pillsbury Bake-Off, the same Bake-Off that included 19-year-old contestant, Greg Patent. It’s a simple recipe of pastry strips wound around apple wedges and baked.

Recipe: Apricot-Coconut Walnut Bars

Dec 6, 2015

In the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1958, 19-year-old Greg Patent was one of ten Junior contestants in the 10th Pillsbury Bake-Off. Greg's entry: a highly adapted version of that old standby, the oatmeal date cookie.

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Greg describes two baking workshops he attended recently, taught by pie baker Kate McDermott and pastry chef Mindy Segal. Greg learned that the fats he uses for pie crust - butter and rendered leaf lard - are also favored by McDermott, who keeps her mixing bowls, flour, and fats chilled till it's time to make pie dough.

Greg rolls out a list of his favorite half-dozen new and classic baking books:

1. Rose Levy Beranbaum: "The Baking Bible"

2. "Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts"

3. Dominique Ansel: "The Secret Recipes"

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