Our tour through The Bread Baker’s Apprentice continues! Today we’re going step by step and learning how to make Challah. 

Challah from Sifting Through Life


Sorry, I’ve been wanting to shout that for a while. I’ve also been wanting to tackle this recipe for a while. I made challah once in pastry school and loved it. It’s as wonderful to look at as it is to make french toast with.  

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Cinnamon Rolls

Put on your stretchy pants. We’re making Cinnamon Rolls! 

Cinnamon Rolls by Sifting Through Life

Where has May gone? Better yet, where has 2017 gone? We’re nearly half way through, and I feel like I just put away my Christmas lights. The fact that I put them away in February is besides the point. 

To be fair, I know full well where May has gone. It has gone to watching The Great British Bake Off. After hearing about it for years, it finally landed on Netflix, and it’s just as glorious as I imagined. 

I wanted to share these Cinnamon Rolls for a while now, but I was too enraptured by Mary Berry’s perfectly sculpted hair to do much else with my life. Now I’ve snapped out of my Bake Off comma, and I need to share these Sunday-morning-worthy Cinnamon Rolls with you. 

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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread is one of my favorites, and now you can make it at home. 

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

I don’t know what it’s like at your grocery store, but at mine, there’s always a BOGO deal for Cinnamon Swirl Bread, and my BOGO loving heart can never resist it. Rather than continue to be a sucker at the store, I made it at home under the guidance of the all-knowing bread master, Peter Reinhart.  

Breakfast toast will never be the same. 

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Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

After many weeks of procrastinating, I made my first bread, and after tasting this Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia, I don’t know why I waited so long. 

Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

Guys, I did it. I started the Great Bread Adventure of 2017. It took me a while 1) to read the beginning chapters of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and 2) to gain the courage to actually start baking. If you’ve never done it, bread baking often takes a long time. I knew this Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia would take about a day to make, and I didn’t want to mess it up. Thanks to my fairy bread father, Peter Reinhart, it came out darn near perfect. 

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My 2017 Baking Resolution

I like bread, and this year I’m going to prove it by baking through The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. Yes, I know I’m mildly crazy, thanks. 

Just over a year ago, I was the new owner of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, a critically acclaimed bread bible for home bakers and professionals alike. I’d asked for it for Christmas, and at last, it was mine.  I really enjoyed bread class in pastry school, and now I could continue learning about the magic of bread making in my own kitchen. As far as pastry nerd enthusiasm goes, I was stoked. 


In fact, I was so stoked that one of my 2016 Baking Resolutions was to bake more bread, but like so many resolutions, my early enthusiasm fizzled out. And by “fizzled out,” I mean I did not make a single loaf of bread last year. I did, however, manage to create the Perfect Pie Crust, the one and only resolution I accomplished last year. 

I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I’m ready for a do over.

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