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Title: Strawberry Lemon Bread Braid - pic heavy -
Post by: Songs4Drowning on April 30, 2008 11:24:02 AM
Whee... first time posting up a topic for one of my projects. n.n;; nnneerrrrvooouuusssss but it's time to stop being a pervy lurker here in the food porn section. I love to cook with my roommate's kids. I love how we can stop and the older two and I work on math when measuring out everything and the three year old and I work on his color recognition. Before the decision to put them into day care, I was their nanny for a while, so seeing them get excited with the new projects and really willing to learn new things makes me happy. n.n

I found the recipe for the bread here: At zesteasy.com (http://zesteasy.com/?p=49) I'm really working on trying to learn what different ingredients do and how much is really needed for portioning so I can make my own recipes. Until then, I have to surf the nets for things. I did end up adding almond extract to the recipe, a few drops, and instead of a raspberry jam filling, I made lemon curd and mixed it with strawberry preserves. Tart! n.n

My first partner in crime (who was willing to help while the older two were immersed in Guitar Hero), seen here stirring together the milk mixture with the yeast that had already taken it's ten minute warm bath:


When the second one finally tore himself away from rocking out the house with some Pat Benatar, stirring in the flour had started to get a bit difficult for the little one. So his slightly stronger arms were employed for dough making:


When we'd gotten the dough up, the third was still more interested in Slow Ride than he was in cooking with us. We coated the dough with oil, very lightly and set it aside to rise. Apparently the oldest is very scent oriented, because I started to zest lemons and he came right in, wanting to smell the lemons more. So I put him to work zesting:


I'd started this venture after work, so by the time we got the lemons zested, the boys had to go to bed. I continued forward alone. Making the lemon curd, I don't have a metal bowl to set over a saucepan of simmering water, so I wrapped a steamer basket in foil and called that ghetto good enough:



By the time I had bottled the lemon curd and tossed it in the fridge, the dough had risen!


I cut, rolled and filled the strips, and braided them up:




this was the first time I've ever used an egg glaze, and didn't have a brush so I just kind of spooned it on. I wasn't really sure how this would all turn out, as it's only the second breadmaking attempt that I've ever done. But wouldn't you know it, about twenty minutes later, I pulled this out of the oven:




I drizzled honey over it and had a taste test:



Deeeeelicious! And how was it received the next morning?



EDIT: Zesteasy seems to no longer be there, so I dug up the recipe from where I'd written it down in my cookbook.

Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 envelope dry active yeast
1/4 c warm water
1 lg egg, beaten and room temp
4 c flour (more for rolling)
3/4 c filling
1 lg egg, beaten and mixed with 2 tbs water

Directions:
1. Scald milk in a medium saucepan.
2. Add butter, sugar and salt. Remove from heat and let stand until butter melts.
3. In a small bowl, add yeast to warm water, stir to dissolve. Let stand 10 minutes.
4. Pour milk mixture into large mixing bowl, let cool to 105-115 degrees.
5. Add yeast and 1 beaten egg to milk mixture.
6. Stir in flour 1/2 c at a time to form a soft, slightly sticky dough.
7. Lightly grease a large bowl, add dough and turn to coat. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise about 2 hours.
8. Grease cookie sheets.
9. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth. (About two minutes)
10. Divide dough in half. Then divide each half into thirds.
11. Roll 3 pieces out into 18 inch ropes and flatten. Spoon chosen filling along length of each strip. Fold dough over to seal the ropes and brush the edges with water to help seal.
12. Braid the ropes together, pinching and tucking under the ends. Repeat with second half of the dough.
13. Place the bread braids onto the cookie sheet and cover again with kitchen towel. Let rise for 1 hour.
14. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush egg wash over loaves.
15. Bake until golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on bottom. (About 20-25 minutes)
16. Let cool and enjoy!

As far as fillings go, Strawberry and lemon from the original post was amazing, but I've also done apple cinnamon, peanut butter and jelly, bacon egg and cheese, and cream cheese and berries.


Title: Re: Strawberry Lemon Bread Braid - pic heavy -
Post by: llisaredd on April 30, 2008 11:32:30 AM
Oh man! That made me so hungry! I'll be trying that recipe out asap! :)


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Post by: LampLitHavens on April 30, 2008 11:34:05 AM
that looks and sounds delicious! and i noticed your signature is about a banyan tree. are you from southeast asia? i'm from malaysia originally, and one of my favorite malaysian restaurants in california is called banyan tree. =)


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Post by: riverwatson on April 30, 2008 12:15:54 PM
 ;D beautiful!!

And this looks like it would be fairly cheap to make too! Good idea for a church bake sale, or in the case of my extremely gracious church- free sunday breakfast. I really should volunteer to make breakfast one of these days!  :-X


Title: Re: Strawberry Lemon Bread Braid - pic heavy -
Post by: Songs4Drowning on April 30, 2008 12:36:56 PM
@ llisaredd: When I saw the original blog post of the bread, it made me hungry too! LOL I love that process: See food, must eat..must make! XD

@ LampLitHavens: I'm from Oklahoma, the banyan tree reference is from my favorite song by one of my favorite bands, Rasputina. The song is Possum of the Grotto, and the song starts as "He lives under the banyan tree, when I'm in trouble he helps me." I've always wanted to visit Malaysia, especially do lots of shopping in Kuala Lumpur.... Oh to be rich! TT_TT

@ Riverwatson: I went to Walmart and bought all the ingredients called for in the recipe, as our pantry was a bit bare. It cost me about 13 dollars, and it's gone far enough to make 6 braids. They were very yummy. I think the next time I make them I'll stuff the braids with cream cheese and blueberries, tho. XD


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Post by: vintageburlesque on April 30, 2008 12:56:00 PM
These look delicious  :P and I checked out the link you used.  Not only did I bookmark that one but also the one on doughnuts as well.  However - had to look up what scalded milk is because I don't think we do that in the UK.


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Post by: Songs4Drowning on April 30, 2008 01:21:08 PM
To tell the truth, I didn't really know how to scald milk either. What I did was put it in a saucepan and heat it until it was simmering and I could smell a milky smell in the kitchen. I'm not sure if that was the right thing to do, but the bread turned out well, so I guess I did it right. TT_TT I should probably research before I hit the kitchen, but I was too impatient.


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Post by: kaymadben on April 30, 2008 01:39:48 PM
Ooh that looks yuummmmmmy!


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Post by: sunnyskies*4* on April 30, 2008 07:10:23 PM
Wow. that looks soooooo good! I love the step by step pictures with the kids! I have 4 kids and have done the same thing with teaching them math and colours and all sorts of wonderful stuff!

Now you are inspiring me to make something like this with my kids!


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Post by: Songs4Drowning on April 30, 2008 10:00:14 PM
Bread is my favorite thing to make with the boys! The oldest one likes to sit with the oven light on and watch as the dough rises and turns color. Everyone in the house is very scent oriented, so the way the house smells when bread is in the oven is something we can all get into!


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Post by: CraftyZedral on May 02, 2008 06:53:47 AM
Oh, how freaking awesome does that look!Yummmm!  And you made the lemon curd! Wow.  I've heard that it really isn't that hard to make, but it can be time consuming.  I just buy it, but I've always wanted to make it.  Your foil-wrapped steamer basket is cool :)   There's nothing wrong with the ghetto fabulous kitchen invention.  hee hee!

The boys are adorable too, by the way.


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Post by: thankyoulocust on May 15, 2008 01:05:41 PM
OMG, that looks good!!!  And I love all the pictures of the little boys along the way.  They're so cute!  My 4 yr old is always helping me cook in his undies, haha!  The lemon curd/strawberry preserves mixture sounds seriously awesome.  I need to make this.  Immediately!!!!

P.S.  I think I'll have to steal your "ghetto good enough".  I could have really used that phrase when my husband and I were making about a million tamales last Christmas.


Title: Re: Strawberry Lemon Bread Braid - pic heavy -
Post by: Songs4Drowning on May 15, 2008 07:31:23 PM
The curd wasn't that time consuming, really. It took less than an hour, and I did it while waiting for the bread to rise the first time. And kids in undies always make the best kitchen helpers. XD


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Post by: rixies on May 24, 2008 12:04:18 PM
That looks sooo delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I've always loved bread that was shaped and braided.

And by the way, you have the cutest kids!!!! Loved the pictures ^_^


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Post by: Songs4Drowning on May 24, 2008 08:02:42 PM
Aww, thanks! They're actually my roomie's kids, tho. I was their nanny for a long time, so they're like little brothers to me, and I think they're adorable. They like this bread project best because their mom is Jewish, so when they go to temple and eat challah bread, they're always coming home telling me about how they saw "our bread" there. XD


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Post by: rixies on May 24, 2008 08:56:13 PM
Awww, that's so sweet ^_^ Now they'll always have fun memories of braided bread with you, hehe.


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Post by: Teetante on May 30, 2008 12:40:42 PM
that looks very yummy!


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Post by: PixieSkull on June 21, 2008 10:08:49 AM
Beautiful-looking bread! Homemade lemon curd? That sounds amazing in itself!

So good to see kids helping you cook, and learning at the same time! Besides, they're also learning that boys can cook and bake too. :)


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Post by: Songs4Drowning on June 21, 2008 11:16:20 AM
Someone's gotta teach 'em! Their dad doesn't cook at all. When they're over there, it's usually take out or microwave dinners.  ::)


Title: Re: Strawberry Lemon Bread Braid - pic heavy -
Post by: The Moose on July 03, 2008 02:05:00 PM
Oh my God, this looks positively amazing! Was it messy braiding the dough covered in jam?


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Post by: Songs4Drowning on July 03, 2008 06:13:09 PM
No, after you smear the dough with the filling, you roll over a side and seal with a little water and light finger kneading so that it's like having dough tubes with the filling inside. Once braided, I usually try and make sure that the ends are sealed well enough that there isn't much leaking when they fluff up in the oven.

I've made these again, recently, and since I didn't have any lemons in the house, I tried cream cheese and blueberries. It was really delicious. I did a little bit of cheating to get a big berry taste, tho. I used blueberry cream cheese from Philidelphia and let it sit out on the counter to soften up. When it had, I folded in a big handful of fresh blueberries, a big pinch of sugar and a capful of milk. I microwaved until I could mix it all together really well (about ten seconds) and then spread it over. We had family over that morning, so the two braids were gone within two hours. Next I'll try peanut butter and jelly filling and try and post some pics for that. I think it'll be fun to cut hunks of PB and J braids and stuff them into the boys' lunchboxes with some fruit. Apple cinnamon braids are also on the list to try. If it rocks, I'll post about that filling here.


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Post by: babylover154 on March 28, 2009 02:52:31 AM
YUM! I am so making that tonight! I CANT WAIT! I can not wait to eat one now!
Thank you so much  :D


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Post by: Rydell on March 28, 2009 10:39:02 AM
That looks so flippin good. I want to try this!

Ok I need to stop staring at food and go eat something. haha.


Title: Re: Strawberry Lemon Bread Braid - pic heavy -
Post by: Songs4Drowning on March 28, 2009 04:59:04 PM
Let me know how it comes out if you make it!

And Rydell, I make sure never to browse the craftster food portion when I'm hungry. lol. Same as going to the grocery store starving. TT_TT


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Post by: dawnsierra on April 10, 2009 10:12:30 AM
That looks so amazing.. aw man.. *mouth watering*.. mmm... nummy..  :D


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Post by: Tygermane on June 05, 2010 05:25:29 PM
I bet it would be really yummy with rhubarb inside to!  So yummy!!


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Post by: Megtff on July 07, 2010 01:07:05 PM
It looks and sounds a lot like a bread my great great Czech grandmother would make. I will give it a shot (though I am a great cook, I sometimes have trouble with breads).
BTW- LOVE that the kids are in the kitchen helping! I am a HUGE supporter of getting kids in the kitchen!
Not only do they learn to appreciate food and it's origins...but my kids learn recipes that are decades old and have been passed down generation to generation...I think THAT helps them build and maintain an appreciation for family culture and their ancestors!

:)


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Post by: spicytaco on July 07, 2010 02:43:47 PM
Looks awesome. I'm totally going to try this out once it cools down a little. (Right now where I am it's 32C, 42 with the humidity.)


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Post by: Songs4Drowning on July 19, 2010 04:44:21 PM
It looks and sounds a lot like a bread my great great Czech grandmother would make. I will give it a shot (though I am a great cook, I sometimes have trouble with breads).
BTW- LOVE that the kids are in the kitchen helping! I am a HUGE supporter of getting kids in the kitchen!
Not only do they learn to appreciate food and it's origins...but my kids learn recipes that are decades old and have been passed down generation to generation...I think THAT helps them build and maintain an appreciation for family culture and their ancestors!

:)

I agree completely! :D And as far as breads go, this is really simple. I definitely say go for it.

Spicytaco: We made this a couple of weeks ago for a party, filled with apple and cinnamon. I had it coming out of the oven just before everyone arrived and we served it hot ala mode with cinnamon and caramel ice cream. Oh heaven, and great summer fare. :)


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Post by: alorralora on July 29, 2010 05:33:01 PM
lovely to look at, yummy in the tummy!  thanks for the link!


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Post by: mich_p on June 10, 2011 07:14:30 PM
the recipe link doesn't seem to work for me

please could you repost it?


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Post by: thehalfhouse on June 11, 2011 04:58:19 PM
Umm...wow.  Hello most delicious looking thing ever!!


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Post by: Songs4Drowning on June 12, 2011 08:00:13 AM
Unfortunately, it looks like zesteasy is permanently gone. :( Good news is I had the recipe written down in a cookbook that I dug out of the attic this weekend! I'll post it here, but I've also edited it into the first post. :)

Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 envelope dry active yeast
1/4 c warm water
1 lg egg, beaten and room temp
4 c flour (more for rolling)
3/4 c filling
1 lg egg, beaten and mixed with 2 tbs water

Directions:
1. Scald milk in a medium saucepan.
2. Add butter, sugar and salt. Remove from heat and let stand until butter melts.
3. In a small bowl, add yeast to warm water, stir to dissolve. Let stand 10 minutes.
4. Pour milk mixture into large mixing bowl, let cool to 105-115 degrees.
5. Add yeast and 1 beaten egg to milk mixture.
6. Stir in flour 1/2 c at a time to form a soft, slightly sticky dough.
7. Lightly grease a large bowl, add dough and turn to coat. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise about 2 hours.
8. Grease cookie sheets.
9. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth. (About two minutes)
10. Divide dough in half. Then divide each half into thirds.
11. Roll 3 pieces out into 18 inch ropes and flatten. Spoon chosen filling along length of each strip. Fold dough over to seal the ropes and brush the edges with water to help seal.
12. Braid the ropes together, pinching and tucking under the ends. Repeat with second half of the dough.
13. Place the bread braids onto the cookie sheet and cover again with kitchen towel. Let rise for 1 hour.
14. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush egg wash over loaves.
15. Bake until golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on bottom. (About 20-25 minutes)
16. Let cool and enjoy!

As far as fillings go, Strawberry and lemon from the original post was amazing, but I've also done apple cinnamon, peanut butter and jelly, bacon egg and cheese, and cream cheese and berries. 


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Post by: Subee on June 12, 2011 06:24:58 PM
Ohhhh Myyyyyy !!!!!!!