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Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook: Artisan Breads, Pastries, and Desserts from Philadelphia's Premier Bakery

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In the tradition of great artisan bread bakers, James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born share a passionate commitment to bread based on traditional baking methods. Their vision has helped make the award-winning Metropolitan Bakery in Philadelphia a favorite destination for more than 13,000 customers each week. Now, just in time for its 10th anniversary celebration, co-owners Barrett and Born reveal the secrets that will allow you to enjoy the bakery's best breads, pastries, cookies, ...

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In the tradition of great artisan bread bakers, James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born share a passionate commitment to bread based on traditional baking methods. Their vision has helped make the award-winning Metropolitan Bakery in Philadelphia a favorite destination for more than 13,000 customers each week. Now, just in time for its 10th anniversary celebration, co-owners Barrett and Born reveal the secrets that will allow you to enjoy the bakery's best breads, pastries, cookies, muffins, focaccia, flatbreads, cakes, and other baked goods at home.

The Metropolitan Bakery Cookbook offers more than 100 mouthwatering recipes for favorites such as Potato-Rosemary Bread, Country Bread, Brioche, Cappuccino Muffins, Fig-Oat Scones, Cinnamon Swirl Danish, Chocolate Layer Cake, Plum and Blackberry Crisps, Lemon Bars, Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, Spiced Cornmeal Crackers, and the bakery's signature French Berry Rolls. Also included are the "go-withs" that loyal customers seek out, like savory spreads and jams, salads, quiches, chutneys, and sandwiches. Accompanied by more than 75 photographs, these delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes—a compilation of both sweet and savory—are certain to win Metropolitan Bakery a new legion of devotees.

Established in 1993, Metropolitan Bakery is an artisan bread bakery specializing in handmade European rustic breads and pastries. Consistently voted "Best of Philly," the bakery has six retail locations throughout the Philadelphia area and supplies breads and pastries to more than 100 restaurants and gourmet stores.

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Publishers Weekly
The Metropolitan Bakery in Philadelphia bakes European-style pastries, breads, spreads and salads that loyal customers have devoured over the past 10 years, helping the business expand into five retail locations and into mail order. Here chefs Barrett and Born share classics like Whole Grain Sandwich Bread, Fig Bars, Almond Croissants and luscious surprises like Blood Orange Eclairs. Directions are minimal, so home cooks would be wise to have a more comprehensive bread baking guide on hand. But even students who have mastered the foundation recipes for Whole Wheat Starter, Danish Dough and a variety of tart pastries, have still to ace creams and fillers like homemade dressing and marinated chicken for the deceptively simple-sounding Seared Chicken and Maytag Blue Cheese Sandwich. Home cooks should keep handy post-it notes for the cross-referencing required. Portions are restaurant sized (Raisin Bran Muffins makes 24). Faithful bakery goers may be thrilled to make their own Orange-Tarragon Savarin (soaked cakes), and Grilled Gruyere Cheese and Apple-Currant Chutney sandwich is an inspired combination, but the weekend gourmand will probably be more inspired to head to the store. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579547592
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/22/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

James Barrett, co-owner and head baker, studied at the Culinary Institute of America and began baking bread as pastry chef at the White Dog Café. He lives in Philadelphia.

Wendy Smith Born, co-owner and president, met James Barrett when she was managing partner of the White Dog Café. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xii
Introduction 1
Breads
The Chef 8
White Starter 9
Whole Wheat Starter 10
Rye Starter 11
Whole Wheat Levain 12
Country Bread 14
Potato-Rosemary Bread 18
French Berry Rolls 20
Pan Sobao 22
Whole Grain Sandwich Bread 24
Caramelized Onion-Thyme Bread 26
Apple-Rye Bread 30
French Baguette 32
Brioche Dough 34
Sticky Buns 36
Muffins, Scones, and Cereal
Raisin-Bran Muffins 40
Cappuccino Muffins 41
Low-Fat Berry Muffins 42
Apple-Filled Cardamom Muffins 44
Millet Muffins 46
Pumpkin-Walnut Muffins 48
Whole Wheat Cherry Scones 50
Fig-Oat Scones 51
Orange-Currant Scones 52
Cranberry-Almond Oat Cereal 55
Croissants and Danish
Puff Pastry Dough 58
Croissant Dough 62
Plain Croissants 64
Almond Croissants 66
Pear and Blue Cheese Croissant Tart 70
Danish Dough 72
Cinnamon Swirl Danish 74
Espresso-Chocolate Chip Swirls 78
Meyer Lemon and Blueberry Turnovers 80
Cakes
Citrus Angel Food Cake 84
Flourless Chocolate Cake 86
Chocolate Layer Cake 88
Banana-Nut Cake 91
Carrot Cake 92
Berry Crumb Cake 94
Mascarpone Cheesecake 96
Upside Down Plum Rose Geranium Cake 98
Ginger Spice Cake 100
Galette Breton 101
Pies and Tarts
Sweet Pastry 104
Chocolate Pastry 104
Flaky Pie Pastry 105
Cornmeal Pastry 106
Coconut-Tapioca Tart 108
Chocolate "Mounds" Tart 110
Chocolate Walnut-Caramel Tart 112
Pumpkin Custard Tart with Dates 114
Caramelized Apple Tart 116
Fig and Almond Tart 118
Plum and Blackberry Crisps 120
Top-Crust Blueberry Pies 122
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie 124
Savory Cheese and Leek Tart 126
Summer Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Tart 128
Asparagus, Ham, and Parsley Quiche 130
Vegetable Quiche 132
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