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What to Bake During Quarantine

Why bake now?

Baking strengthens the mind and body connection. It requires focus and attention to detail, which is so good for the brain and for regulating moods. At a time when the general population’s anxiety and depression is at an all-time high, working with your hands and baking can be a positive escape from all the negativity happening around us.

Matcha Amaretti Cookies

Operating from the small Churn bakery and creamery in Portola, lead ice cream maker Rica Sunga-Kwan is all about healthy yet indulgent treats.

Get the full recipe here.

Ukrainian Garlic Pampushki (Pull-Apart Rolls)

Blogger, photographer, and recipe developer Anna Voloshyna specializes in Slavic food—anything from Georgian khachapuri to traditional Russian soups. She publishes recipes on her website and teaches cooking classes from her San Francisco kitchen through ChefsFeed.

Read Anna’s full recipe for Ukrainian garlic pampushki.

TCHO Chocolate Coffee Caramel Tart

While the San Francisco restaurant Gozu is focused on wagyu beef, its desserts are clever sleeper hits. Behind them is Ethel Koh, the restaurant’s pastry chef. Previously, she trained at Quince after earning a degree in food business management at the Culinary Institute of America in Singapore.

Read the full recipe for Koh’s chocolate coffee caramel tart.

Braided Sunday Bread

Helen Lentze, who is German and was raised in Switzerland, had a hard time finding a job upon moving to the United States. She became a baker and eventually joined Meyenberg, where she became a fan of baking with goat butter. Formally the senior director of marketing at the Northern Californian brand, Lentze also perfects family recipes like this one.

Get the full recipe here.

Brown Butter Pound Cake With Brown Butter Glaze

Technically a pastry sous chef at the Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco, Michael Brown has been furloughed since March due to the pandemic. He’s taken this as an opportunity to use his skills and passion for pastry to share with the community, launching an online store selling pastries, cookies, and desserts — and has “loved every minute of it!”

Get the full recipe here.

True Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

An alumna of the La Cocina incubator, Tina Stevens is based in Berkeley. She’s known for her custom-made, lavish event cakes and creative cookies and cupcakes featuring seasonal flavors and quirky holiday themes.

Get the full recipe here.

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