Every spice has its day and today it's Caraway Day! Often found sprinkled atop loaves of rye bread, caraway has an anise-like flavor and FYI is actually a fruit, not a seed! It pops up in cuisines around the world, popular in European scones, slaws and stews, hot chili pepper harissas across North Africa and puddings made to celebrate Ramadan and the birth of a baby in the Middle East. Chewing it is thought to settle your stomach and freshen your breath, and if you're feeling lucky it may act as an aphrodisiac! ;)
Linda Daniels is an awardwinning professional baker in St. Louis specializing in glutenfree treats, including of course cookies! If you live in the STL area, she offers classes at the Kitchen Conservatory. I don't need to be glutenfree but that doesn't stop me from diving into GF baking, plus it's always fun to try new ingredients...especially if you get spectacular scones like Linda's!
Linda's Seed Bread is just how I like a loaf...superseedy with a rich mix of flavors and textures. Plus she crisps it up for crackers too...ohsogood with homemade hummus or cheezy spread. Crack open your caraway and start a loafin'! :)
Source your spices...
Mountain Rose Herbs
Savory Spice Shop
The Spice House
Do you like caraway on (or in) your breads? How about in sauerkraut? What's your favorite caraway recipe? Where do you shop for spices? :)
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