I have been very happy to host the fourth bread baking day. The theme I proposed was Spices. There have been 25 bakers, from all over the world, who contributed wonderful recipes for yeasted, sourdough, and quick breads, both sweet and savory. Some recipes are traditional, others are variations on classics, and still others are new creations. Most of us used a mix of at least two spices, while a few chose to use only a single spice.
When we think of “spices” the ones that come to mind are usually dried seeds, barks, and berries such as mustard, cinnamon, or black peppercorns. However, the basic classification of “spices” in fact includes also leaves, roots or bulbs of aromatic plants such as thyme and ginger. A few entries have actually followed the broader definition of “spice” and used leaves of aromatic plants like basil.
Overall, we used allspice, aniseed, black pepper, caraway seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander seed, cumin , fennel seed, ginger, mace, nutmeg, pink pepper, saffron, turmeric, and vanilla.
I wish to thank all of you for participating with this amazing array of breads, which shows both great effort and skill. I received each entry with great anticipation and enjoyed reading every one of them.
And as always thanks to Zorra for initiating bbd!
Remember that the next bread baking day (bbd #05) will be hosted by Chelsea and she will reveal the theme on December 6th
here is the list of entries (in no particular order) for bbd #04:
Asha from Aroma! baked a wonderful Masala Potato Bread: masala means spices in Hindi. This potato bread is spiced up with sauteed potatoes, onions, bell peppers, green chillies, cumin seeds, ginger and turmeric.
Location: North Carolina, USA
Tatter from The Bread Chronicle baked Artos, a Greek celebration bread: the dough is enriched with spices, eggs and honey and the resulting loaf is fragrant, slightly sweet and… definitely worth repeating. The spices Tatter used are: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves
KipperCat from The Fresh Loaf baked Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls: a decadent treat, great for special occasions. KipperCat used cardamom and nutmeg in the dough and cinnamon for the filling
Location: Texas, USA
Jackie from Jiki Knits made a Swedish cardamom braid as well as a classic Gingerbread
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Zainab from Arabic Bites baked a batch of sweet and beautiful Ka’ak al zaafaran wal zabib (Saffron & Golden Raisins Rings).
Location: Saudi Arabia
Susan from Wild Yeast baked some magnificent Saffron Challahs. The saffron scent in the loaf was noticeable but not overwhelming.
Location: California, USA
Lien from Notitie van Lien (Lien’s notes) baked a batch of Wiggs, beautiful sweet loaves in which she included caraway seeds, nutmeg, mace and cloves
Location: The Netherlands
Language: Dutch & English
Jelly from Fragole & Cioccolato used aniseed in her sweet Treccine di pane con zucchero di canna, anice e semi di lino (Braided rolls with aniseed, brown sugar and flaxseed)
Location: Milan, Italy
Language: Italian & English
Aparna from My Diverse Kitchen baked Cardamom Bread, a lovely spice for a beautiful braided loaf.
Location: Kochi (Kerala), India
Petra from Chili und Ciabatta baked a wonderful Pfeffernussbrot (Pepper Spice Bread) flavored with an enticing mix of cinnamon, allspice, Lebkuchen-Gewuerz (a spice mix containing cinnamon, orange peel, coriander seeds, mace, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom) and freshly ground black pepper.
Location: Geiersthal, Germany
Zorra from 1x umrühren bitte baked an enticing Nutmegged Buttermilk-Nut-Bread-made with almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios and spiced with nutmeg.
Location: Andalucia, Spain
Lavaterra from Lavaterra baked Moroccan Spice Rolls flavored with Ras el-hanout (Moroccan spice mixture) and topped with sesame seeds.
Location: München, Germany
Elizabeth from Blog from OUR kitchen made Semolina Fennel Seed Bread with Currants & Pine nuts . The fennel seed aroma was well matched with the slight hint of sourdough flavor from the wild yeast she used in the dough.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Gretchen Noelle from Canela & Comino baked a Cracked Pepper-Seed Bread spiced up with a freshly ground peppercorn medley
Location: Lima, Peru
Joann from Baking + Graduate School = Joann’s Life made Pumpkin-Cinnamon Streusel Buns by adding pumpkin puree to the dough, spicing it up with nutmeg and cinnamon and finishing with vanilla glaze
Location: San Diego, CA USA
Eliza from Notes from My Food Diary made Oatmeal Breakfast Bread with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. A kid friendly recipe, and very healthy being made with oatmeal, applesauce and dried apricots.
Location: Oregon, USA
Marta from Los fogones de mi casa baked a tasty, savory loaf: English Bread with Curry, a nice soft bread with an enticing aroma.
Location: Valencia (Spain)
Language: English & Spanish
Elisabetta from Panemiele baked a wholewheat variation of pumpkin bread, spiced with curry: Pane di zucca al curry (Pumpkin and curry bread)
Location: Venice, Italy
Language: Italian & English
Nora from Life’s Smörgåsbord baked a healthful and tasty Chickpea and Pink Peppercorn Bread, in which she also included some ground cumin. The result is good enough to convert any chickpea phobic to eating chickpeas.
Location: Sydney, Australia.
Ulrike from Küchenlatein made a perfect Spiced Peasant Loaf, lightly spiced with a mix of pepper, coriander seeds and fennel-a bread that goes well with hearty toppings.
Location: Northern Germany
– Bee and Jai from Jugalbandi made colorful Spiral Pesto Rolls, with red pesto, a mix of herbs, tomatoes, and cashews
Location: Northwestern U.S.
Dhivya Karthik from Culinary Bazaar baked an A++ Italian Focaccia spiced up with black pepper
Location – California – U.S.A
Jen from Fontas Food baked beautiful No Knead Herb Rolls flavored with dried thyme, oregano and basil
Location: Fair Oaks, California
Kaykat from Cooking from A to Z baked a Banana Nut Spice Bread that is light on the fat NOT on the flavor and used cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
Location: Seattle, WA
I baked Saffron Cakes, from an antique recipe by Susannah Carter (1803). The saffron is paired with coriander seed and these two spices are truly well matched together.
If have inadvertently missed any entries, please let me know and I will add them to the roundup
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