The Daring Bakers Make Peter Reinhart’s Pizza Napoletana

Andrea Meyers - Minced Fruit Pizza

I remember seeing Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice for the first time at a bookstore the year it was released. The striking photo on the cover immediately grabbed my attention and I heard my own voice say aloud, “I want to make bread like that.” The book did not go home with me that… 

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Roasted Tomatillo Jalapeno Salsa with Avocado

Roasted Tomatillo Jalapeno Salsa Recipe with Avocado - Andrea Meyers

Creamy with a kick is what comes to mind when I dip tortillas or lavash into this salsa. The September Daring Bakers challenge required the members to make both lavash and a dip or other condiment to serve with it, and considering our abundance of tomatillos and jalapeños coupled with my utter devotion to avocados,… 

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Live Blogging: The Daring Bakers Make Lavash

Lavash Bread Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Today is posting day for the monthly Daring Bakers challenge, and I’m live blogging the challenge. This month our hosts Shel of Musings from the Fish Bowl and Natalie of Gluten A Go Go chose an alternative challenge for us: vegan and/or gluten-free lavash crackers from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice with vegan and… 

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The Daring Bakers Make Pierre Herme’s Chocolate Eclairs

Being a Daring Baker means stretching your skills and imagination while taking on new things, and practically every challenge we have tackled over the last year presented something new for me to try. This month I made choux pastry for the very first time, with many thanks to Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey? and… 

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The Daring Bakers Make Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream

Michael’s birthday was last weekend, and when I saw The Daring Bakers challenge for this month, I immediately announced what his birthday cake would be. “Whatever you want to do, Sweet Pea,” was his response. Thank goodness he’s so flexible about food! And thank goodness for chocolate ganache because it not only tastes good, but… 

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The Daring Bakers Make Opera Cake

The Daring Bakers Make Opera Cake - Andrea Meyers

When Ivonne and Lisa, the venerable founders of The Daring Bakers, choose a challenge, you know it’s going to be a challenge. Think Buche de Noel (Yule Log Cake), or in this case, think…L’Opera! Yes, Opera cake. Until now I’ve never tasted or made one, though I’ve seen them in posh bakeries, but I do… 

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The Daring Bakers Make Julia Child’s French Bread

Andrea Meyers - Julia Child's French Bread

Unlike many of my fellow Daring Bakers, I cannot claim to have watched Julia Child’s cooking shows or even read any of her books until recently. I was more interested in Asian, Mexican, or Italian cooking, anyway. That’s what I told myself, but in truth it’s because I thought her cooking style was beyond my… 

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