This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe (Finnish Pulla, p 106) most definitely made me realise how far I have come making bread this year. Only a short year ago did I fear the bread and the thought of making anything with yeast made me nervous. And while I recognise that this recipe is an easy bread, relatively to many, the fact that I was able to make this, pretty easily and sans stress made me think that you know what? This bread baking thing isn’t half bad…
It’s a beautiful, silky, easy to work with dough that comes together quickly (I used the stand mixer), producing a soft, sweet bread, normally flavoured with cardamom, though here, for a festive touch, with a half-cup of dried cranberries only.
The loaf is braided from three strands of dough, then shaped into a type of wreath but as you can tell I had a bit of a braiding issue. I even had to stop and braid some of my hair to practice but to no avail. So it’s a “twisted” loaf rather than a braided one. But no matter, it was still pretty. Plus, you know, *I* made this. Words cannot describe the feeling you get looking in the oven at bread baking. It’s magical.
I *loved* this bread a lot. SO fresh and soft. Perfect warm with a little butter. I sliced it into thin slices and froze them, they toasted up well too.
Yes, there are a lot of gratuitous shots of the bread today because I simply cannot believe how “real” it looks.
The only thing missing? The pearl sugar on the top. I didn’t have any so just sprinkled some sugar on top the egg glaze. Would have been prettier with pearl sugar. Next time. Because you know what? There probably will be a next time. I can do this. This bread thing!
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie, Baking with Julia was hosted by Erin of The Daily Morsel and you can find the recipe posted on her blog. Tuesdays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs except if we happen to be the host for the week, rather, we prefer if you purchase Baking with Julia for yourselves which you can do here on Amazon or Amazon Canada. Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Then join us, baking along at Tuesdays with Dorie. Go on, you know you want to.
** I’m submitting this to Kitchen Bootcamp: Challenge – Holiday Recipes!