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Daniel Leader

Daniel Leader was one of the earliest proponents of artisanal bread making in this country and continues to run his bakery Bread Alone, which he founded in 1983. His book Bread Alone is a classic on the subject and won the IACP award for best baking book. His most recent book is Local Breads. He lives in Bearsville, New York.

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    Homemade Butter

    It’s a crime to serve a loaf of warm cinnamon raisin bread without butter. For a special treat, try making your own.

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    Cinnamon-Swirl Raisin Bread

    Packed with plump, juicy raisins and rich cinnamon swirls, this easy-to-make bread is guaranteed to please, especially when slathered in Homemade Butter and served warm with a cup of freshly…

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    How to Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread

    Packed with plump, juicy raisins and rich cinnamon swirls, this easy-to-make bread is guaranteed to please.

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    Chocolate Babka with Mascarpone

    Babka is an Old World Jewish favorite that has become an almost mythical bakery item because it is so difficult to find these days. Daniel Leader's grandmother was a great…

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    Mana’eesh

    This daily bread of the Eastern Mediterranean is an olive oil­-rich flatbread, most often topped with za’atar, a mixture of dried thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac. Fermenting the dough overnight…

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    Grape Schiacciata

    This is one of those seasonal recipes that I can’t wait to make each fall, when tiny champagne grapes (also known as Black Corinth grapes) are briefly available at my…

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    Whole Wheat Challah with Apricots

    As an organic baker specializing in whole grain breads, I often wondered what challah would taste like if made with stone-ground whole wheat flour. This may sound outlandish, considering that…

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    Boiceville Bialys

    I spend a lot of time in New York City, selling bread at the Union Square Greenmarket®. Whenever I can, I make the trip a little farther downtown to the…

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    Crumpets

    Like many Americans, I always assumed that crumpets were close relatives of English muffins (an assumption that apparently infuriates the British!). When I tasted my first crumpet at the Crumpet…

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    Jelly-Filled Doughnuts

    This recipe uses a leaner, less sugary dough than your typical American jelly doughnut. For the best results, use either homemade preserves or best-quality local jam you can find. If…