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.


Lien said...

Isn't this bread just a stunner everytime! Your Yule looks terrific. Thanks for baking with us.

Megan said...

Wow - I'd like a slice of that! It looks picture perfect, too.

Snow didn't last very long, there were a few flakes left on the ground this morning. Eh, that's ok. It was pretty while it lasted!

NKP said...

It looks perfect!
I will share my savoury one if you share your sweet one - a wonderful combo indeed!

Karen Baking Soda said...

One soft pillow of bread, I like it a lot Judy!

Engineer Baker said...

Wow, that looks awesome. I really hope I can find the time to make this.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Totally awesome Judy!
And now why should we save it for Christmas? A heart comes to mind.
So glad you baked with us again.