Sexy Bran Muffins

December 21, 2015

  By Nandini Ahuja It’s hard to imagine a sexy bran muffin. Can you picture your bran in a two-piece swimsuit, lounging on a Caribbean beach? Or in a slinky red dress at the bar? Or taking a body shot off a friendly stranger? At this point, you may be picturing your gran, but remember, I said bran, and it’s entirely your fault that you’re thinking about gran. Anyway, when…


Dreamy Honey Challah Bread

June 24, 2015

You got this. Let’s talk a little about bread. It can really suck. Not eating bread, of course. That’s fantastic. Addictive. A lifestyle, really. But baking the damn stuff. It can be so tricky to get right. It takes a lot of time and practice to get a decent loaf, and the results will never be the same as professional bakers with their proofing bowls, baguette couches, and massive, humidity-controlled…


Banana Bread and the Flax Egg Conundrum

The first time I read about flax eggs, I pictured a giant seedy chicken laying an orb of flax in a nest. Gross. And yet, the more eggless recipes I read about, the more I saw flax eggs. Why was I looking up eggless recipes? A few of my cousins, in accordance with Hindu vegetarianism, do not eat eggs. I felt like I was discriminating against my family by baking…

May 20, 2015

Baking a Miso Bread Masterpiece with Taaffe Loaffes

When artist Pablo Picasso said, “Action is the foundational key to all success,” he knew that just sitting around, munching on bread, doesn’t create masterpieces. Sarah Nguyen, one of the founders of Taaffe Loaffes, knows how to take action, especially when it comes to bread. Nguyen, and her co-bakers Lisa Cepisul and Darach Miller, started Taaffe Loaffes, a bread company named after their apartment building on Taaffe Place in Brooklyn,…

May 1, 2015

If it’s Mushy, Turn it into Bread: Avocado Banana Bread

We at Silver Spork News have wondered something every consumer of packaged goods has wondered before us: are the recipes on the back of the box any good? One morning when Nandini was eating her oatmeal, her gaze wandered to the bag of avocados on her kitchen table. She saw “Avocado Banana Bread” and her desire for a tropical treat overtook her wintery gloom. This past Friday, she came home…

March 23, 2015

You Can Make Bagels!

This Sunday I had a mission, and that mission was bagel making. Bagels are controversial (start googling “Bagels are…” and you’ll see why), but have always been there when I needed them. In college if I didn’t have too much time for lunch I could grab a bagel from just about anywhere and be satisfied. These days if I’m feeling peckish I don’t have that option, so I decided to…

March 10, 2015

Restaurant Review: Toast Bar

A few weeks ago I was in the midst of an ordinary conversation with my sister—“ordinary” meaning “food-related,” as are 82% of our conversations—when she mentioned a new café that had opened near her apartment in Grandview, Ohio.  She casually tossed out the words “toast flight” and my world was forever changed.  Evidently, hot-shot bread-maker and local celebrity Dan the Baker had recently opened Toast Bar, where you can go…

February 3, 2015

Monkey Likes Bread

Five hundred is a pretty sweet number. There are a lot of things out there that I would really enjoy having five hundred of: five hundred dollars, five hundred kittens laying on me while I go to sleep, or maybe five hundred free flights around the world to experience international cuisine. These three options would be incredible (if you don’t want kitten blankets, then I don’t think we can be…

November 29, 2014