Posts by Barb Alpern

Barb Alpern
The Author

About Barb Alpern

Long time professional artisan bread baker, caramel maker and member of our Baker Specialist team, Barb grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has four grown sons. She has baked in Michigan, Maine, Vermont, and Texas (if you count baking cookies for her son's wedding!).

Maintaining a smaller sourdough starter via @kingarthurflour

Maintaining a smaller sourdough starter

Less waste, same great results!

Determining the friction factor in baking via @kingarthurflour

Determining the friction factor in baking

Calling all bread geeks!

Desired Dough Temperature via @kingarthurflour

Desired Dough Temperature

The key to achieving consistently great results in your bread baking

Sourdough Starter Troubleshooting, part 2 via @kingarthurflour

Sourdough starter troubleshooting, part 2

Can this starter be saved?

Sourdough Starter Troubleshooting via @kingarthurflour

Sourdough starter troubleshooting

What does it take to kill your starter?

Using the autolyse method via @kingarthurflour

Using the autolyse method

Unleashing the power of the pause

Kneading wet dough by hand via @kingarthurflour

Kneading wet dough by hand

Tips to handle a messy situation

Steam in Bread Baking via @kingarthurflour

Steam in bread baking

How steam can transform your bread from dull to dazzling

Levain for sandwich bread via @kingarthurflour

Levain for sandwich bread

Sourdough takes a new direction

How to make Jewish Rye Bread via @kingarthurflour

How to make Jewish Rye Bread, Part 2

Crafting a classic loaf

How to make Jewish Rye Bread via @kingarthurflour

How to Make Jewish Rye Bread, Part 1

Rye sour and old bread soaker

Artisan sourdough bread tips via @kingarthurflour

Artisan Sourdough Bread Tips, part 3

Baking and finishing your loaf

Artisan sourdough bread tips via @kingarthurflour

Artisan Sourdough Bread Tips, part 2

Fermentation, folding, and shaping

Artisan sourdough bread tips via @kingarthurflour

Artisan Sourdough Bread Tips, part 1

Creating and using a stiff starter

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Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake

A chocolate cake for Passover – and beyond

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Mom's Caramels

A labor of love.