Monday, April 27, 2015
BBB Buddy: Romanian Easter Braid
Let it be known that this is one seriously delicious bread. One of those breads where you can't consume just one piece. One whole loaf, maybe. But not just one piece.
Pat, of Feeding My Enthusiasms, was the BBB kitchen of the month, and she adapted the recipe from Kathy Cutler's The Festive Bread Book.
For the basic dough, I made two changes: I used organic coconut sugar in place of the sugar, and I let the dough have two rises before shaping. I've moved to high-altitude country, so an extra proofing was in order.
For my version of the filling, which I doubled, I used Trader Joe's Almond Meal, more organic coconut sugar, and the zest of a lemon and an orange along with the cinnamon. I could have eaten the filling right on the spot, it was that good.
The loaf lasted for several days and didn't even dry out in this climate. I also gave away/shared part of it, and tried very hard to make it last, but, alas, it disappeared way too quickly.
You can find the recipe on any of the Babes' blogs. Each baker made a slightly different variation, and all sound delicious. .