Star Bread

December 27, 2009

This beautiful bread is actually from Thanksgiving.  Yes, I am horribly behind on blogging.  What with Nutcracker, Thanksgiving, Nutcracker, homework, make-up work, Christmas shopping, Christmas baking, Christmas, and cleaning my room (hey, that was quite an accomplishment!), I haven’t had time for much else!

I love these pictures, because I didn’t take them!  My mom, realizing how important it is to me to get a nice picture for my blog, sprinkled powdered sugar on this and took it outside in the natural light to photograph it.  She wanted to eat it for breakfast, and was awake long before I was!  I would have to say, she and my grandma did a beautiful job with the photography.

I was excited about this bread because of its unique shape.  The baking pan I used was 50 cents at a Columbus Day yard sale in my town.  I love deals!

And speaking of baking pans, I have a brand new tart pan and six new ramekins from Santa.  Souffles, lemon tarts, and chocolate lava cakes, here I come!

One more note from the past holiday.  For Thanksgiving dinner I made sweet potato pie from Smitten Kitchen and dutch apple pie from Steadfast Cooking.  The sweet potato pie was not very good.  I was surprised, as usually I love Smitten Kitchen’s recipes.  It could have been something I did (I used handmade buttermilk, not storebought), but it wasn’t nearly sweet or flavorful enough for me.  Maybe my sweet potatoes just weren’t that good.  The apple pie, on the other hand, was a gigantic hit.  It was unique enough to separate itself from the other pies on the table, and classic enough to please the crowd.  I strongly, strongly recommend it, and will be making it again and again.

I hope everybody’s holiday baking is going well.  I’m off to bake some goodies for Share Our Strength’s bake sale.  Baked goods for a good cause!

Shoot, I wish I had the recipe for that bread.  It was delicious!  Maybe I’ll find it in one of my cupboards and be able to post it.  Boo!