At the same time the pathetic cupcakes were in process, I was also creating the filled bread to enter in BreadBakingDay #5, hosted this month by Chelsea of Rolling in Dough.
Bread is something I can handle (ha ha) apparently. I chose a cheese-filled sweet bread from King Arthur, since I had all the ingredients on hand, and used the Fiori de Sicilia as flavoring. (I'm enjoying a piece even as I write this.) This time everything behaved as expected, and the resulting bread was beautiful and delicious.
The only near mishap occurred when I was removing the bread from the oven and somehow missed the counter. The bare hand (of course) caught the very hot baking sheet, while the gloved hand managed to smash one of the loaves in the effort to save them, but at least the bread didn't land on the floor. Priorities!
The recipe for the Cheese-Filled Sweet Bread may be found on the King Arthur website.
Happy bread baking for 2008.