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Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Christmas Bread Round-Up

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I am inordinately fond of bread. As telling as this holiday list may be, the number of sweet breads I've chosen not to include is even more enlightening. Worse still, I've been testing new breads and will be adding a few more to the list before the Christmas holiday is here. It's not hard to tell that I've been seduced by those spores that cause flour and water to rise to poetic heights. The first time I read those classic words from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, my response was "Amen, brother." I was even willing to forgo the jug if it meant I could have butter with my bread. Actually, most of today's featured breads don't need butter, but its availability keeps panic from setting in. To make my Christmas list, a bread had to be delicious, but I also tried to pick ones that had a story to tell or memories that could be shared. I'll let you be the judge of how well I did. Here are my favorite Christmas breads. I hope you'll try them.







Cinnamon Meringue Coffee Ring













Dresdener Stollen













Walnut Coffee Cake











Cougnou (Bread of Jesus)












Panettone












Julekake ( Norwegian Christmas Bread)











Swedish Coffee Ring with Apricots and Almonds












St. Lucia Buns











Cranberry Bread Pudding with Orange Hard Sauce












Schnecken (Snails)

39 comments :

♥ Kathy said...

I'm a bread girl too & the fresher, the better!

Chele said...

I'm loving your Christmas round ups ;0)

The Words Crafter said...

My grandmother used to make the coffee cake and a different kind of bread pudding....I'm feeling warm waves of nostalgia wash over me..... :)

Joanne said...

Well, you know that I am a HUGE fan of bread as well so I LOOVVEE this list. So much variety here and so many breads that I haven't even heard of! Crazy.

Katerina said...

This is a great round up Mary. You give us the chance to see and recollect older recipes and posts.

Anna A. said...

I kinda want to make... ALL of them! Perusing through your recipes I saw the one for foccacia, too. I am so making that :) It will be my savory X-mas bread.

tasteofbeirut said...

I am a bread woman too! I must get 80% of my calories intake from bread and olive oil! Love the stollen and panettone, hope I can mange one of those soon!

Lisa said...

You've really made a lot of fantastic breads to celebrate the season. Your Christmases must have been delicious ones.

Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons said...

ahh those breads look DELISH!

From the Kitchen said...

The butter is sitting out to start our stollen and here you are tempting me (my husband would be sending you kudos) with more bread recipes. I've already traveled back to last December to check out your cranberry bread pudding that might easily replace our Christmas trifle. Or, give guests a choice.

I think I'll wait on that Weight Watchers sign up = ) !!

Best,
Bonnie

Create. Snap. Eat. said...

So prolific! These are gorgeous, especially those buns.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Where to start with that collection of breads is another story! I have a bread machine being delivered tomorrow so it will be interesting to see what I come up with :-) Diane

Ginny said...

They all look so wonderful, it would be hard to choose! But you have done the weeding out for us!!

Marguerite said...

Wow, what a fabulous list! They all look scrumptious, but my fave is the Cranberry Bread Pudding. And love that orange Sauce, too!

teresa said...

oh lovely! my husband just mentioned that he was craving some unique breads this season, this will come in very handy!

Croatian_Latina said...

WOW. thanks for the inspiration Mary. this is great, to have all these yummy recipes in one place. One special place. I don't know which recipe I want to try first!

Monet said...

What a wonderful collection of holiday breads. I am so eager to try those St. Lucia buns. This may turn into my project for the evening. Thank you so much for sharing! Have a good Sunday afternoon.

Design Wine and Dine said...

This is SO awesome! I love resource posts like this!

Beautiful breads Mary! Thank you!

ann said...

Mary, What a beautiful blog you have. You are now my blogging idol. Those breads look fantastic- everyone of them. All I can say is WOW.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

All look delectable. I have a fondness for stollen, because my German aunt used to make it. I've also always had a desire to try Panettone.

Diana's Cocina said...

This is a lovely round up Mary!Can't wait to try one or two of these yummy breads.

Alessandra said...

Another great list, thank you for reminding us of all your great baking!!!

ciao
Alessandra

Bits of Taste said...

These is so lovely! Freshly baked bread for xmas, great!

Juliana said...

Oh Mary, that is a fantastic round-up...all of the breads look fabulous...SO SO yummie!

Julie said...

I'm a pretty big bread fan myself, and I'm especially drawn to that swedish ring. Yum :)

pigpigscorner said...

Great roundup! I love bread but I hate baking them myself!

bellini valli said...

Any one would be so welcome come Christmas morning!!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love giving different breads as gifts around the holidays--I might have to use some of your recipes. Thanks for the great post!

Jenn said...

I could eat my weight in bread, I love it so much! I love that these are not the standard breads other people post!! Thanks for sharing, they all look wonderful!

lostpastremembered said...

Thanks so much for doing these roundups. WHen you have a body of work as extensive as yours, it's great to put them all on a page for the holidays...and such a fabulous collection it is. Love christmas breads on Christmas morning!!!

Jamie said...

Oh wow! Fabulous! I've always wanted to make Santa Lucia buns and that Walnut Swirl Coffee Cake is calling my name. What a beautiful roundup and so many I want to make!

Claudia said...

Every pound that I am is bread and pasta! The round-up is grand - I do panettone and am considering the St. Lucia buns.

Keeley said...

I share your love of bread! I've already consumed 2 loaves of (store-bought) pannetonne this season. I just bookmarked this post.

Faith said...

I'm glad you shared this, Mary, what a beautiful round-up! That Walnut Coffee Cake looks wonderful!

JG said...

What a wonderful list of bread recipes! The Cranberry Bread Pudding caught my eye. :)
~Judy

lena said...

love to tell you that i'm following you..all of your breads in the round up look fabulous. love that!

Lucie said...

Thank you so much, Mary! I've been looking for a good stollen recipe, and the St. Lucia buns are just too tempting!

My Little Space said...

My oh my, just look at those yumilicious breads. Yummm....
Kristy

Delishhh said...

What a great list of breads. I just made Lussekatter "Saffron Bread" and love them. Are you Scandinavian at all? Happy Lucia today!

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