Baking with the Bread Lady: 100 Delicious Recipes You Can Master at Home

Baking with the Bread Lady: 100 Delicious Recipes You Can Master at Home

by Sarah Gonzalez
Baking with the Bread Lady: 100 Delicious Recipes You Can Master at Home

Baking with the Bread Lady: 100 Delicious Recipes You Can Master at Home

by Sarah Gonzalez


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This isn't your ordinary bread book. From artisan bread making, to savory breakfasts and brunch (hello, ultimate cinnamon roll!), to decadent but simple desserts, Baking with The Bread Lady takes you on a journey through recipes and stories, inviting you to come together to create community and memories around food.

In Baking with The Bread Lady, popular baker and gifted teacher Sarah Gonzalez—lovingly known as "The Bread Lady"—shares her love for the art of baking that grew from family tradition and the popularity of her Spring Hill, Tennessee, bakery. Sarah has discovered that while people crave comfort food, it’s their greater longing for community and belonging that serve as the magic ingredients that give these recipes a greater purpose.

Beginners and seasoned bakers alike will salivate over:

  • 100 original recipes with beautiful photos
  • Practical tips to learn to love baking from scratch
  • New and creative baking concepts built on centuries of tradition
  • Classic recipes and tricks to pass on to the next generation
  • Baking "hacks" such as how to store, thaw, and reheat bread

Baking with The Bread Lady is approachable for first-time bakers but also includes more advanced recipes for those looking for a challenge, making it a great gift for budding bakers, makers, and anyone eager to develop their baking skills. Whether your gathering place is your kitchen, your neighborhood, or a video call with family far away, connecting over food creates wonderful (and tasty) memories and lasting relationships.

Baking with The Bread Lady will entertain you through inspiring and fun stories such as:

  • "The Care and Feeding of Neighbors"
  • "Happy Eggs”
  • "The Process of Invention"
  • How her 170-year-old gingerbread recipe came to be

Fall in love with baking for yourself, for your family, and for others with these creative and tasty recipes, photos, and stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310458272
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/31/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,051,547
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sarah Gonzalez moved halfway across the country to Spring Hill, Tennessee, and soon began to spend a lot of time baking and cooking for new friends. Just six months after putting down new roots, she began baking for the farmer’s market. Having grown up with a family whose get-togethers were centered around baking, cooking, and canning, Sarah began making food to help ease homesickness for herself and the many other transplants in the area. Without any formal training, Sarah turned her lifelong love of creating food and nurturing people into a full-fledged bakery. She started in her home kitchen and eventually landed in a brick-and-mortar store in the middle of town. Spring Hill Bakery now serves as an online baking school, teaching people to create delicious food, how to serve it, and how to feed people. It’s a mixture of handmade breads, incredible desserts, and comforting classics. She teaches the how and the why behind baking, giving even beginning bakers the confidence to create so that even more people are being fed—heart, bellies, and soul.

To learn more about classes or more delicious recipes, and keep up with new projects Sarah is cooking up, please visit either or You can also follow her on Instagram at @breadladyskitchen and @springhillbakery.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

The Care and Eating of Bread xii

Pantry Staples xiv

Equipment xvi

Breads 1

Quick Breads 2

Lemon Blueberry Bread 3

The Best Banana Bread 5

"The Care and Feeding of Neighbors" 6

Fresh Pumpkin Bread 9

Sweet Skillet Cornhread 11

Zucchini Walnut Bread 13

Coffee Crumble Loaf 14

Yeast Breads 16

"Imperfect Perfection" 17

Rustic Artisan Bread 19

Boasted Garlic Artisan Bread 23

White Bread 27

"Sustenance" 29

Honey Oat Wheat Bread 31

Focaccia 35

Cinnamon Braided Brioche 37

Chocolate Hazelnut Babka 41

Jalapeño Cheddar Bread 43

Cuban Bread 45

Buttered Knots 47

Great-Aunt Ruby's Icebox Rolls 51

Easy Soft Pretzels-3 Ways 52

Soft Kaiser Rolls 54

Soft Baguettes and Pub Buns 57

Caramelized Onion and Pancetta Twist 61

"Flatbread Cooking Techniques" 63

Pear, Pancetta, and Blue Cheese Flatbread 65

Margherita Flatbread 68

Sweet Breads 70

"Edible Nostalgia" 71

The Ultimate Cinnamon Bolls 73

Pineapple Upside-Down Cinnamon Rolls 77

Apple Streusel Cinnamon Bolls 79

Cream Cheese Bolls 81

Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls 85

"The Language of Food" 87

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding 89

Orange Blueberry Muffins 90

Apple Cardamom Muffins 93

Brioche French Toast with Kumquat Whipped Cream 95

Scones, Biscuits, and Brunch 96

Walnut Blue Cheese Scones 97

Carrot Cake Scones 98

Lemon Poppyseed Scones 101

Cranberry Orange Scones 103

Buttermilk Biscuits 104

"Thriftiness Begins with a Shovel and a Teaspoon" 105

Strawberry Shortcake on Buttermilk Biscuits 109

Bacon Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits 111

"Happy Eggs" 112

Asparagus, Pancetta, and Gouda Strata 115

Gruyere-Crusted Savory French Toast with Tomatoes 116

Roasted Bed Pepper and Leek Frittata 119

Spanish Tortilla Frittata GF 120

Artichoke, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Goat Cheese Frittata GF 121

Sausage, Sage, and Potato Breakfast Casserole GF 122

Cakes and Frostings 125

Cakes 126

"Marshmallow Fights" 127

Campfire Cake 129

"Dinner with Maurice" 130

Apple Maple Pecan Cake 132

Mexican Chocolate Bundt Cake with Ganache 134

1850s Gingerbread Spice Cake with Mascarpone Buttercream 137

Blueberry Peach Cake 139

"The Peach Tree on Primrose Lane" 140

Peach Bourbon Upside-Down Cake 142

Evil Eva's Plain Cake 145

Flourless Chocolate Cake GF 147

Carol's Carrot Cake 149

Orange Pound Cake 150

Berry Brown Betty 153

"Smashing Fruit" 154

Jam Cake 157

Frostings, Icings, and Fillings 158

Cream Cheese Frosting 159

Mascarpone Buttercream Frosting 160

Rocky Road Frosting 161

Smoky Seven-Minute Frosting 163

Strawberry Jam Buttercream Frosting 164

Buttermilk Icing 165

Maple Bourbon Icing 166

Apple Maple Caramel Glaze 167

Orange Glaze 168

Cinnamon Filling 169

Stabilized Whipped Cream 170

The Perfect Chocolate Ganache 171

Cookies and Bars 173

Cookies 174

"The Process of Invention" 175

Chocolate Chunk Espresso Cookies 179

Toasted Oat Cranberry Cookies 181

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies GF 183

"Molasses Cookies" 184

Hot Toddy Molasses Cookies 187

Coconut Drop Cookies 189

Chocolate Hazelnut Meringues GF 191

Vanilla and Cacao Nib Meringue Cookies GF 193

Classic Sugar Cookies 195

Strawberry Lime Sugar Cookies 197

Melting Pot Cookies (TN Cookie) 199

Great-Grandma Eva's Lemon Shortbread with Strawberry Icing 201

Orange Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Ganache and Hazelnuts 202

Grandma Carol's Russian Tea Cakes 205

Bars 206

Lemon Bars 207

Bar Snack Blondies 209

Aunt Glenda's Shortbread 211

Dark Fudge Hazelnut Brownies 213

Pies and Tarts 215

Pies 216

"Recipes from the Past" 217

Great-Grandma Eva's Blue-Ribbon Piecrust 219

Citrus Meringue Pie 220

Mixed Berry Key Lime Pie 222

Mom's Apple Pie 225

Blueberry Crostata 227

Cherry Almond Crostata 229

Banana Cream Pie 231

"Blackberries" 232

Blackberry Pie 235

Mini Peach Cobblers with Buttermilk Biscuits 237

Tarts 238

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts 239

Fig Honey Mascarpone Tart 243

Apple Cranberry Spice Tart 245

Raspberry Cheesecake Tart 247

Chocolate Turtle Tart 249

Acknowledgments 251

About the Author 253

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