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Illustration of whole grain, flour, and our granite mill at Zingerman's Bakehouse

Issue No. 122: Whole grain pastries are more delicious. Wait, really?

For centuries, coarse, whole grain flours were the everyday norm for bread and porridge. White flours were a once-in-a-while treat for only the most special cakes or breads, reserved for the highest of holidays. As refined white flours became more readily available in the 20th century, Big Ag marketing departments promoted them by running a […]

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Zingerman's Bakehouse's better baked goods

Issue No. 94: A dozen ingredients we use that make for better baked goods

1. Butter tastes better You can’t tell just from looking at a cookie or a piece of cake whether it’s been baked with butter or shortening. The bottom line on baked goods’ flavor is that butter tastes better. It’s also about ten times more costly, so many bakeries make the choice to use less expensive […]

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Issue No. 91: Jewish Rye Bread

Excerpted from the new Zingerman’s Bakehouse Book In order to open Zingerman’s Bakehouse, we had to be able to bake great Jewish Rye Bread for Zingerman’s Delicates­sen, which was our first (and at the beginning our only) customer. It’s not possible to have a superb Reuben sandwich without authentic Jewish rye bread. We wanted our […]

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Issue No. 49: Rugelach

The story of rugelach, the most popular Jewish pastry in America, dates back several hundred years to a Viennese cookie called kipfel (incidentally, also the ancestor of Hungary’s kifli). “Kipfel” means crescent, the cookie’s shape; “rugelach” probably comes from the Yiddish word rog, or corner—so rugelach is “little corners.” Throughout history, as Jews moved they […]

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