The wonderful smell of potpourri in a bread… cran-raspberry juice, apple, orange peel, coriander, ginger. Not a sweet bread like cinnamon rolls, but sweet like a kiss on the cheek.
Pinkish purple crumb with a fresh, almost fruity, flavor.
“This recipe was given to me in Dallas by a 90-year old lady in our church. It had been used in her family for many years.” — Betsy Oppenneer
First time making Birnenbrot. And I didn’t have Birne (pear), so I made Apfelbrot instead. The filling is apple, raisins, cranberries, walnuts, fresh orange juice, lemon zest… and rum. Can’t forget the rum.
Mom made this Stollen every Christmas and the thought of it brings back a torrent of wonderful memories. It looks like it may be heavy or hard, but actually it is light and sweet with chewy bits and icing drizzle and all sorts of magical goodness.
Many moons ago, my Mom had a website (www.thebreadworks.com). Each month, she added a new recipe to the “Recipe of the Month” section. This recipe is the selection from January 2002 which is pretty much pre-Cambrian in terms of internet history.
This showy nut bread comes from Bavaria in Southern Germany. The subtle spices compliment the ground nuts. This bread is good at room temperature, but warming it brings out the flavors even more.
The flavor of the softened buckwheat groats plays nicely with the hint of citrus and the soft suggestion of Parmesan.
The taste of sourdough, cheddar, and chipotle are well-balanced in this bread – with a light but insistent heat in the back of the throat from the pepper.