Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In the Kitchen - Flour and Marmalade

Flour Cookbook
The other week, I picked up a copy of Joanne Chang's new cookbook, Flour - Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe. It's been a long time since I've gotten so excited about a cookbook. As some of you who are from the area may know, Flour is one of Boston's most popular and respected "make from scratch" bakeries. I've been going to Joanne's shop (she has 3 locations now) ever since it first opened in Boston's South End neighborhood 10 years ago. I could on and on about the pastries, desserts and breads (I really could) but the Bostonian inside me will simply say that they are wicked awesome!

Every time I visit Flour, I always pick up a sticky bun, ginger molasses cookie and coconut macaroon. I can recall years back biting into a slice of her pineapple upside-down cake for the first time and having that instant sensation that it was the best I'd ever tasted. Flipping through the pages, I was very excited to find that Joanne had included all of these recipes in her cookbook. In fact, I was surprised that recipes for the vast majority of Flour's offerings can be found in it. While other restaurant owners closely guard their recipes and trade secrets, Joanne openly shares hers in this book.

Sticky Buns
My first attempt at making her famous sticky buns turned out fantastic! It's hard to eat one without feeling at least a bit guilty afterward.

Ginger Molasses Cookies
These are some serious ginger molasses cookies. They have chewy centers and wonderfully crisp edges. I dare anyone to find a better version.

meyer lemon marmalade
I can't wait to try the many other recipes in this book. Maybe I can find something to go along with my latest batch of Meyer lemon marmalade. Happy baking everyone!


  1. Hi Thomas,
    Your sticky buns look delicious! I think this is a cookbook to add to my collection.
    Great photography as usual!

  2. That looks absolutely decadent! I have been discovering and rediscovering some good recipe books that I have. Something about the fall/winter that brings out the cook in all of us. :D

  3. I don't know how the original sticky buns look, but ones you made look so delicious!

  4. Those sticky buns look absolutely delicious! I think I gained 5 lbs just looking at the picture!

  5. Beautiful! At first I thought you were showing a photo of some from the bakery! Mmmmm, looks like a delicious holiday season at your house!

  6. Nice job Thomas, you have me salivating bright and early this morning!

  7. I always try to not make things like that, but occasionally. They are so hard to resist. Two of my favorite cookies are oatmeal raisin and ginger cookies. Yum.

  8. Ohhh, I want a bite of everything right now.

  9. I've seen a lot about the cookbook. Once I am more confident in my baking skills I might have to get it and really challenge myself!

  10. oh my goodness, those buns are beautiful!!!

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