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    These 31 recipes were our best of the year | Food and cooking

    Hillary Levin, Post-Dispatch 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, about 75 degrees 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 cups bread flour (420 grams or scant 15 ounces) ¼ cup powdered buttermilk, see note 1 tablespoon instant yeast 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter Note: If you can’t find powdered buttermilk, substitute whole buttermilk. Use 7⁄8 cup buttermilk and ¼ cup water in place of the water and dry buttermilk powder. Everything else remains the same. 1. Combine the water and oil. Set aside. 2. With the steel blade in place, add the flour, powdered buttermilk, instant yeast,  

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    Essential recipes from Nigel Slater, Claudia Roden and Ottolenghi: the best food books of 2021 | Food

    Med: a CookbookClaudia Roden(Ebury, £28)More than 50 years after her groundbreaking, genre-defining A Book of Middle Eastern Food, Claudia Roden has produced another triumph that this time travels around the Mediterranean. The most revered of living food writers (by me at least) has relaxed. The recipes are simple and of course immaculate, the writing is effortless. Read and cook from it often. AJBuy it for adding to your Claudia Roden collectionOrder your copy at guardianbookshop.com Nigel Slater’s A Cook’s Book. Photograph: PR A Cook’s BookNigel Slater(4th Estate, £30)Subtitled The  

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    15 recipes to make your holidays a success | Food and cooking

    Beef Wellington for Christmas Dinner, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Photo by Hillary Levin, hlevin@post-dispatch.com Hillary Levin, Post-Dispatch 3 pints (1½ pounds) white button mushrooms 2 shallots, peeled and roughly chopped 8 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only, divided 1 (3-pound) center-cut beef tenderloin, trimmed 12 thin slices prosciutto 2 tablespoons Dijon or English mustard Flour, for rolling out puff pastry 1 pound puff pastry, homemade (see recipe) or store-bought, thawed if frozen. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt Note: The duxelles and the homemade puff pastry (if using) can be made a day or two ahead of  

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