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Taste of the South Fall Baking 2019

Taste of the South helps you savor the unique dishes, cooking personalities and culinary destinations of the South - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! For readers who love Southern cooking or simply experimenting with new flavors, this magazine is a guidebook. Taste of the South is for those who have a passion for good food, at home and on the road. Every issue is a guide to Southern lifestyle.

United States
Hoffman Media
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

FOR ME, SIMPLICITY IS KEY. In my baking (as with my cooking), I look for straightforward recipes that let a few central ingredients shine. Part of that stems from my general aesthetic, but the rest has to do with time. With two little kids running around, my wife and I search for recipes that can be made without much fuss. That is the beauty of the Caramel Upside-Down Cake (page 49). We can make the sauce a few days ahead of time, then whip together the rest quickly. Throughout this special collection of Taste of the South favorites, you’ll find quite a few dishes that fit that bill. We’ve scoured our archives looking for baked goods that are as quick and easy as they are delicious and satisfying. From Quick Monkey…

1 min
baking basics

Windowpane Test This simple test is an easy way to check whether your yeasted bread dough has been kneaded long enough. With lightly floured fingers, simply pinch off (don’t tear) a small piece your of kneaded dough. Roll the piece of dough into a ball, and then slowly stretch the piece with your fingers in small increments starting from the center, rotating the dough a quarter turn with each stretch. If the dough has been kneaded enough, you will be able to stretch it into a thin, translucent sheet. If the dough piece tears while stretching, continue to knead all the dough (30 seconds more if kneading by hand, 1 minute if kneading with a mixer), and then test again until ready. COLD BUTTER The butter MUST be cold when incorporated into the flour…

1 min
better biscuits

1 Stir dry ingredients together, and cut the butter into the flour mixture until pieces are the size of peas. The larger pieces of butter create a flakier biscuit. 2 Stir in liquid until just combined. Turn out dough onto a heavily floured surface and gently pat or roll into a rectangle. 3 Cut and stack the dough up to 4 times for flaky, layered biscuits. This process creates the biscuits’ distinct layers. 4 Cut biscuits with a downward motion, and don’t twist the cutter. Twisting the cutter compresses the layers.…

13 min
chapter 1 quick breads

BROWNED BUTTER VANILLA BISCUITS MAKES ABOUT 14 These biscuits are gorgeously crunchy with toasty notes of vanilla, pecan, and browned butter. 1 cup unsalted butter3½ cups self-rising flour*¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 cup whole buttermilk½ cup toasted pecans, finely chopped 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract1 large egg, lightly beaten Cane syrup, to serve 1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter turns a medium-brown color and has a nutty aroma, about 10 minutes. Place butter in a small bowl, and freeze until solid, about 1 hour. Cut butter into cubes. 2. Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 3. In a large bowl, stir together flour and brown sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold browned butter until…

16 min
chapter 2 yeasted breads

WHOLE WHEAT MOLASSES ROLLS MAKES 12 Molasses adds a hint of sweetness to these fluffy rolls. 1 cup warm water (105° to 110°)4 teaspoons active dry yeast1 teaspoon granulated sugar2 cups all-purpose flour¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar¼ cup molasses3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened1 large egg2½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided2¼ cups whole wheat flour, divided 1 egg white, lightly beaten2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats1 tablespoon chopped pumpkin seeds1½ teaspoons sunflower seeds 1. Spray a 12-inch cast-iron skillet with cooking spray. 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1 cup warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar. Let stand until mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes. 3. With mixer on medium speed, add all-purpose flour, brown sugar, molasses, honey, cocoa, butter, egg, and 2…

22 min
chapter 3 classic cakes

APPLE-CINNAMON BUCKLE Recipe by Julie Tanous MAKES 1 (9-INCH) CAKE This warmly spiced buckle gives you an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. STREUSEL 1¼ cups all-purpose flour½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar½ cup chopped walnuts1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest¼ teaspoon fine sea salt10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed 2 tablespoons sorghum syrup CAKE 1 cup unsalted butter, softened¼ cup sugar2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest¾ cup sorghum syrup3 large eggs, room temperature2 cups all-purpose flour1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon fine sea salt½ teaspoon ground ginger½ cup whole buttermilk, room temperature1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 small Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch pieces (about 1 cup) 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan; line pan with parchment paper. 2. For streusel: In a medium…