Baked Goods Category

Baked Goods
Includes breads, cookies, crackers, and crumbs.
Mandarin pancakes, doilies, moo shu shells, mu shu shells, Peking doilies
Mandarin pancakes
These very thin crèpes are used to make mu shu dishes. You can buy them in the frozen foods sections of Asian markets, but they're easy to make at home.
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mandelbrot
mandelbrot
This is similar to an almond-flavored biscotti, only smaller and softer. Look for it in Jewish markets.
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matzo, matzoh
matzo
This cracker is served during Passover to symbolize the unleavened bread the Jews ate during their hasty exodus from Egypt. To conform with Jewish dietary laws, matzo producers can't use leavening agents like baking soda or yeast. But they're still able to give the crackers a bit of airiness by baking them in extremely hot ovens, which causes trapped air bubbles in the dough to expand.
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matzo meal, matzoh meal
matzo meal
Jews use this during Passover to make pancakes, matzo balls, and other dishes. Many stores also carry matzo cake meal, which is a finer grind of matzo meal.
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melba toast
melba toast
These thin, crisp slices of bread are often used as a base for appetizers or served with soups or salads. When crushed, they make an excellent breading for meat or fish.
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moon cake
moon cake
During their Harvest Moon Festival each fall, Chinese families decorate their homes with lanterns and eat moon cakes from beautiful lacquered boxes. The cakes come in different flavors, but they're all rich and subtly sweet.
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naan
naan
This Indian flatbread is made with wheat flour. It's usually served hot.
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Oreo® cookie
Oreo® cookie
These cookies have a creamy vanilla filling sandwiched between two chocolate wafers. They're addictive all by themselves, but cooks also crush them and use them to make pie crusts or ice cream toppings.
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palm leaf, palmier
palm leaf
These crunchy cookies are made with puff pastry and sugar.
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panettone
panettone
This large, dome-shaped Italian coffee cake is traditionally offered as a gift during the Christmas season. The cake is slightly sweet, and contains raisins, nuts, and candied fruits. Many Italian markets carry them year round, often packed in pretty boxes.
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panko, Japanese bread crumbs, Japanese breadcrumbs
panko
Panko breadcrumbs have a coarser texture than ordinary breadcrumbs, and they make for a much lighter and crunchier casserole topping and coating for deep-fried foods. They're especially good for breading seafood. Tan-colored panko is made from the whole loaf, white panko from bread with the crusts cut off. Look for both kinds in the Asian foods section of larger supermarkets.
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pappadam, papad, pappadom, poppadum
pappadam
These tortilla-shaped Indian crackers are made with chickpea or lentil flour. Before you serve them, you need to fry them in very hot oil or heat them in a microwave oven until they puff up and become crisp. You can then break them up and serve them with curried dishes, or use them like tortilla chips. They're sold in Indian markets.
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paratha
paratha
This flaky Indian flatbread is made like puff pastry, in that the dough is repeatedly rolled flat, brushed with clarified butter, folded, and then rolled again. When fried, the bread becomes light and flaky. It's served with kebabs and stews, or stuffed with various fillings.
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piadina, piada, pié
piadina
This pliable Italian flatbread is usually stuffed with filling, much as tortillas are in Latin America. The plural is piadine.
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pita bread, baladi, khubz, pide bread, pocket bread
pita bread
This puffy Middle Eastern flatbread is often cut in half, pulled open to form a pocket, and then filled with hot savory ingredients. It's also served like bread at meals, or cut into wedges, toasted, and served with dips. Look for pita bread among the baked goods in supermarkets.
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Portuguese sweet bread, Hawaiian bread, pao duce
Portuguese sweet bread
This sweet and tender bread is great for making French toast or for nibbling.
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potato chips, crisps
potato chips
These are very thin potato slices that have been deep-fried and salted. They're crisp and just sturdy enough to dunk into a creamy dip without breaking. They come in many flavors, including barbecue and sour cream. The British call them "crisps," and use the word chips for French fries.
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pound cake
pound cake
This is a rich buttery cake that's traditionally made with a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. If you don't want to make one from scratch, you can find ready-made pound cakes among the frozen foods in your supermarket.
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pretzel
pretzel
Pretzels are ropes of dough that are usually shaped into knots, sprinkled with coarse salt, and browned in an oven. They can be soft and breadlike or hard and crunchy. Soft pretzels, also called bread pretzels, are often served with mustard, while crunchy pretzels are eaten just the way they are.
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Pugliese bread, pan Pugliese
Pugliese bread
This simple, crusty bread hails from Puglia, Italy, and is great for making sandwiches or dipping into olive oil. Some producers flavor it with olives or cheese.
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pumpernickel bread
pumpernickel bread
This heavy and slightly sour bread is made with molasses and a blend of rye and wheat flours. It's often cut into thin slices and used for appetizers.
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pupusa
pupusa
A specialty of El Salvador, these are tortillas stuffed with cheese and other flavorings.
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raisin bread
raisin bread
This bread is studded with raisins and often flavored with cinnamon. It's usually served as toast for breakfast.
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regina cookies, biscotti de regina
regina cookies
These come with or without a coating of sesame seeds.
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rice cake
rice cake
These crunchy snacks are relatively low in fat--and flavor. They come in different flavors, like caramel, cheese, ranch, and apple cinnamon. Don't confuse this with mochi, which is also sometimes called rice cake.
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rice crackers
rice crackers
These addictive Japanese snacks are available in many large supermarkets.
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Ritz® cracker
Ritz® cracker
Produced by Nabisco, these are the best-selling crackers in the United States. They're high in fat and sodium, which makes them a tasty foil for cheese or peanut butter. Cooks sometimes crush them and use them as a pie crust or topping for casseroles. The crackers are also used to make the filling for a mock apple pie, which contains no apples. Reduced fat and low sodium versions are available.
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Russian tea cookie, Mexican wedding cookie, Russian tea biscuit
Russian tea cookie
These are made with flour, nuts, and butter, baked, and then rolled in powdered sugar.
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rye bread
rye bread
This is a favorite of Northern Europeans, who use it to make hearty sandwiches. Most of it is made with both rye and wheat flours. There are dozens of varieties, ranging from light tan to almost black.
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saltine cracker, saltine, soda cracker
saltine cracker
These salty crackers are very crisp, and they're great for snacking. They're often made into tiny sandwiches with cheese or peanut butter in the middle.
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sangak bread, Iranian bread, naneh, sangak
sangak bread
This Iranian flatbread is about two feet long, enough for the whole family.
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scone
scone
These crumbly quick breads are often served at teatime in Britain. They're usually split open and lathered with butter, jam, and/or clotted cream. Americans pronounce the name SKONE, but the British and Australians say SKAHN. They freeze well.
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shortbread
shortbread
These rich cookies are loaded with butter.
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shortcake, shortbread cake
shortcake
These sweetened biscuits are traditionally split in half and topped with whipped cream and strawberries. You can buy them ready-made in stores, where they're often displayed near the strawberries, but they're easy to make from scratch. Don't confuse shortcake with shortbread, a rich butter cookie.
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shortened cakes
These cakes are made with butter or other solid fat, so they're richer and heavier than foam cakes. Examples include pound cakes and butter cakes.
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shrimp chips, Indonesian chips, krupuk
shrimp chips
These Indonesian chips are made with tapioca and different flavorings. Before serving them, you're supposed to fry them in hot oil for a few seconds until they expand and become crunchy. Look for them in Asian markets.
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sope
sope
Mexican cooks put various savory toppings on these corn patties. Look for them in Hispanic markets.
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soup nuts, mandlen
soup nuts
These matzo meal crackers are used in soups or ground into crumbs.
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sourdough bread
sourdough bread
A San Francisco specialty, this is French bread made with a special starter of yeast and bacteria that imparts a pleasant, sour taste to the bread. It's especially good with seafood.
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