Baking the Bread.

April 11, 2009

I'm not really sure what has gotten into me, but I baked bread the other day. Finnish Sweet Cardamom Raisin Bread, to be more precise. Now don't go getting the wrong idea. I do not, repeat DO NOT, normally bake bread for the family. Criminy....it takes the whole day. And this recipe was not exactly easy. There were multiple proofings (is that a word?) and kneading, of course, but there was also dividing of the dough and braiding, yes braiding, and finally an egg wash applied to the pretty puffy tops of the loaves right before they were baked. My oh my, that bread was tasty straight from the oven slathered with salted butter.

Here are the loaves after they came out:
Do you bake bread? Any good recipes to share?

16 comments:

  1. Ahhh...pregnancy will make you do those kinds of things! Looks yummy.
    :)

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  2. Ahh, Pulla. So delicious. It is so yummy toasted with butter once it starts to lose it's freshness, and my mother (whose Pulla recipe making skill is renowned) really likes making it into french toast.

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  3. Looks delicious!! you have inspired me to make my Godmother Ann's Easter bread. I know Easter is over, but it is so delicious I want another loaf. I think my four year old will help- May take all day

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  4. Ah, beautiful! I'm always on the verge of getting into baking bread but the closest we get these days is homemade pizza and flatbread.

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  5. My goodness, that bread looks amazing. Even in the before shot.

    And no, sorry, I don't bake bread. But I will happily eat it when it's available.

    jbhat

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  6. I wish I had the courage and time to bake bread...one day...

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  7. Ok, I have decided you are not human - you have superpowers. How with 2 little ones? I can't even keep my house halfway clean, much less bake bread!

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  8. I have a delish cinnamon roll recipe I tried yesterday from Sunset Mag's latest. Although not a traditional loaf of bread I'm going to consider this one part of the bread family because of all the kneading and rising. Pretty simple too.

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  9. Totally missed those loafs when we visited. Smelled like Swedish Lussekatt. Google that!
    /R

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  10. LOL
    It sounds like you're nesting, already!

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  11. That bread looks so good! I read the SouleMama blog everyday as well and she just recently posted about bread. I've never baked it before (other than banana breads to use up old bananas) so this is my only contribution. Also, congratulations!
    http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2009/04/for-the-love-of-bread.html

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  12. They look so gorgeous. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices (love it in coffee, ice cream, yum!) I will have to try your recipe. Did you use the mixer to mix/knead the dough? Thx for the post

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  13. Wow - how beautiful that bread is!!
    Good job!!

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  14. Just stumbled across your cute blog - I just started trying to make homemade bread myself. Thanks for this great looking recipe!

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