Friday, December 26, 2008
BBB Buddy: Yummy Yule Wreath
Those Bread Baking Babes came up with the most delicious and versatile recipe just in time for the holidays: a Yule Wreath, chosen by Lynn, of Cookie Baker Lynn. It's a good thing I have a patient family (translate: no small children). We had Christmas breakfast at noon all because of this bread. Next year, I will bake it the day before.
The dough was so satiny that I just wanted to keep petting it. I finally controlled myself and put it in the proofer.
While the yeasties were doing what they do best, I made the almond paste. That was so easy (in the food processor), that I will never have to search for it again and pay high prices. Everyone kept snitching pieces of filling, uncooked and cooked.
I kept an eye on the bread while it was baking. I was sure I had created the "bread that ate New York"! It was huge! Which meant, of course, that there would be enough for everyone and then some.
For the glazing process, I set the bread on a rack on top of waxed paper to catch the drips.
I spread on the glaze and my daughter sprinkled it with almonds. Then we moved it to the table. I felt like one of those contestants on Food Network challenges, where it takes 3 people to move the baked/sculpted item.
My mother immediately called dibs on the waxed paper with its globs of glaze and bits of cooked filling. I never did see that piece of paper again.
This is a marvelous bread, and I heartily recommend you check out Lynn's blog to get the recipe and see what the other Bread Baking Babes made. (There is a delicious savory filling from Tanna.)
Christmas was a grey day, but the Yule Wreath plus the poinsettia plus the lighted tree made it a great day.