Donna Currie, the mastermind behind the blog, Cookistry, and the book, Make Ahead Bread, has legions of friends and fans. Many people, myself included, count ourselves in both camps. We love Donna and revel in her down-to-earth approach to food, cooking, and lots else.
Today is the first anniversary of the publication of Make Ahead Bread. It’s a perfect book for yeast bread novices, as well as more experienced breadbakers. And for those who say “bread just isn’t my thing,” there are butters and spreads too. The recipes are designed so that the bread is made over the course of more than one day (hence the “make ahead” label); the time commitment on any single day is not large. The bread even rises overnight in the fridge. Seeing that happen was a wondrous sight that I loved almost as much as pulling the finished loaf out of the oven.
A group of us decided to mark this anniversary with a virtual party. We each made at least one recipe from the book and blogged about it. Our choices ranged from savory whole wheat to sweet pumpkin breads, from smooth buttermilk rolls to craggy sourdough English muffins. Pizza dough, sandwich bread, sweet rolls – and we didn’t even get to the flatbreads, stratas, or jams. What a wealth of goodness. And all from one fabulous woman!
So come celebrate Donna and her book’s first birthday with us. There is a giveaway too! Check the bottom of the post for how you can enter to get your own autographed copy of Make Ahead Bread.
Blueberry & Cream Cheese Buns with Lemon Zest from Meghan of Clean Eats, Fast Feets
Buttermilk Rolls from Renee of Magnolia Days
Cinnamon Rolls from Sandra of Dear Lauren Love Mom
Pizza Bread from Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Pumpkin Yeast Bread from Faith of An Edible Mosaic
Sesame Seeded Semolina Bread from Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Sourdough English Muffins from Alisa of Go Dairy Free
Stuffing Bread with Dried Cranberries from Stacy of Food Lust People Love
Sweet Potato Monkey Bread from Kirsten of Farm Fresh Feasts
Sweet Potato Monkey Bread from Renee of Magnolia Days
Sweet Potato Monkey Bread from Laura of Mother Would Know
Whole Wheat Pita from Jenni of Pastry Chef Online
Whole Wheat and Parmesan Pizza Crust from Kirsten of Farm Fresh Feasts
For more Make Ahead Bread posts, check out the batch of beautiful breads that 37 Cooks baked.
And for more about the woman behind all these gorgeous and delicious breads, here is a lovely interview that Kim Beaulieu of Cravings of a Lunatic did with Donna when the book came out.