The end of the year holidays marks a time when baking and cooking are even more central to my family’s celebrations. We turn to classics like panettone, crusty bread, and gnocchi, but also more modern foods like soft rolls and the undeniable charm of a stuffing made from sourdough bread. Growing up in an Italian-American household meant the best of both cuisines — a melding of cultures that always felt like we got to pick the best of each.
Maurizio Leo is the software-engineer-turned-baker behind The Perfect Loaf, an award-winning website dedicated to baking sourdough bread at home. Before becoming a baker, Maurizio co-created the SkyView stargazing app. Here are a few of his favorite Italian-American holiday recipes.