First up is the combination World Bread Day challenge and Bread Baking Babes' Buddy challenge.
Looks complicated, no? But this lovely Russian Braid is easy, easy.
I was pleased to learn a new technique with this bread and that's what made it so much fun. Check out this YouTube video to learn the secret.
After I took this photograph, I replaced the 10-inch springform pan with a 9-inch one. I didn't think there was any way that the bread would rise to fill this pan.
Some of the bakers chose a savory filling of pesto and cheese. For me, this bread just screamed cinnamon, so I decided to make a very large cinnamon roll. I was not disappointed in the end-result.
Figuring out how to slice this beauty was a challenge. Because each slice had a different pattern, it was a surprise every time.
Sadly, the last piece disappeared yesterday. Even so, I'm sending this virtual Russian Braid over to Zorra's blog for World Bread Baking Day. Every year I look forward to seeing what all the participants bake.
The remaining virtual pieces will go to the Bread Baking Babes. This was one delicious Buddy challenge!
For the basic recipe, head over to The Fresh Loaf. However, if you check out the various blogs, you will find an amazing variety of flours, seeds, and fillings. It is truly a versatile loaf of bread.