"My Creator blesses me with inspiration and creativity. Also, as a child and into adulthood, my mother often spoiled our family with her homemade cinnamon twists. My love for raisin bread and the memory of Mother's cinnamon twists are combined in this creation."
Inspiration: Customer's requests for healthy breads and to my dietary needs as a pregnant mom! One serving from this 100% whole grain bread is an "excellent source" of nutrients to keep my baby healthy: potassium, iron, B vitamins, folate, omega 3's and 6's and antioxidants.
I wanted to create a baked good similar to an entremet, with different layers of contrasting flavors and textures. I gave it a tropical theme in honor of my Mom retiring this year, I wanted her to be able to eat one and imagine she was in the tropics!
"My pastry is a tribute to the fruitful land of California. I was inspired to incorporate many aspects of California grown produce. I decided to enhance the flavor of raisins in my Danish by plumping them in wine made from Muscat grapes and I topped the pastry off with fresh grapes to highlight the beauty of raisins before being dried."
For this raisin bread I wanted to create a rich and sweetly flavored bread that would melt in your mouth and give the raisins center stage. I chose to marry woody pears, zesty oranges and sweet yet subtle ricotta with the plump California Raisins in this play on Focaccia Bread.
Hot summer days in Northern California, raisins, sprouted grains, citrus, and thyme are all flavors of my childhood growing up in a family of bakers. I married these flavors with a progression of my Grandfather's pioneering methods of working with sprouted grains.
I created this babka/paska cross for my granddaughter. Paska is a Ukrainian Easter Bread. I like the shape of it, babka is taller and has raisins and orange, so I combined the two concepts. The crumb is quite interesting with the torn and whole raisins. The bread is heavenly in this formulation,similar to Challah bread.
I wanted to develop a bread product that would be filled with raisins and highlight salty and refreshing tones; it can accompany a spicy mole or used for a Bahn-Mi and brings a different dimension to sweet raisins.
We wanted to create a new bread with California Raisins and a variety of other dried fruits and nuts to sell at our farmer’s markets. This bread has a distinct flavor, texture, and shape, with contrast in color to make it appealing to the eye and also to the taste buds!
This very trendy tiger bread is prepared from a blend of integral wheat flour and a variety of grains like quinoa, wild rice and millet and legumes as lentils, yellow and green split peas. The California raisins add a touch of sweetness which is perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack bread. Tiger breads are easy to recognize as they appear with a nice cracked aspect. This bread features a light curry topping.