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BBD #04 Roundup

Posted by bakinghistory on December 4, 2007



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-masala-bread.jpg 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

Language: English


tatter-greek-celebration-bread.jpg 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

Location: UK

Language: English


kipperkat-sweetpotatorolls.jpg 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

Language: English


jackie-cardamom-bread.jpg Jackie from Jiki Knits made a Swedish cardamom braid as well as a classic Gingerbread


Language: English

Location: San Francisco Bay Area

saffron-rings.jpg Zainab from Arabic Bites baked a batch of sweet and beautiful Ka’ak al zaafaran wal zabib (Saffron & Golden Raisins Rings).

Location: Saudi Arabia

Language: English


susan-saffron-challah-loaves.jpg Susan from Wild Yeast baked some magnificent Saffron Challahs. The saffron scent in the loaf was noticeable but not overwhelming.

Location: California, USA

Language: English


lien-wiggs.jpgLien 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-anise-braids.jpg 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-cardamombread.jpg Aparna from My Diverse Kitchen baked Cardamom Bread, a lovely spice for a beautiful braided loaf.

Location: Kochi (Kerala), India

Language: English


petra-pfefferkuchenbrot4.jpg 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

Language: English.


zorra-nutmeg-bread.jpg 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

Language: English


lavaterra-moroccan-spice-rolls.jpeg Lavaterra from Lavaterra baked Moroccan Spice Rolls flavored with Ras el-hanout (Moroccan spice mixture) and topped with sesame seeds.

Location: München, Germany

Language: English


elizabeth-semolinabread_close600x500.jpg 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

Language: English


canela-comino-pepper-bread.jpg Gretchen Noelle from Canela & Comino baked a Cracked Pepper-Seed Bread spiced up with a freshly ground peppercorn medley

Location: Lima, Peru

Language: English


joann-pumpkin-rolls.jpg 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

Language: English

eliza-oatmeal-bread.jpg 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

Language: English


marta-curry-bread.jpg 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-paneallazucca1.jpg 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-chickpeapinkpeppercornbread2.jpg 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.

Language: English

ulrike-spiced-bread.jpg 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

Language: English


jugalbandi-spiral-rolls.jpg Bee and Jai from Jugalbandi made colorful Spiral Pesto Rolls, with red pesto, a mix of herbs, tomatoes, and cashews

Location: Northwestern U.S.

Language: English


dhyvia-focaccia.jpg Dhivya Karthik from Culinary Bazaar baked an A++ Italian Focaccia spiced up with black pepper

Location – California – U.S.A

Language: English



jen-herb-rolls.jpg Jen from Fontas Food baked beautiful No Knead Herb Rolls flavored with dried thyme, oregano and basil

Location: Fair Oaks, California

Language: English

atoz-banana-bread.jpg 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

Language: English


saffro-cakes-2.jpg 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.

Location: USA

Language: English


If have inadvertently missed any entries, please let me know and I will add them to the roundup

The copyright of each photo belongs to the respective author


24 Responses to “BBD #04 Roundup”

  1. Ulrike said

    So many great entries, you did a great job! Thanks for hosting and the wonderful theme.

  2. zorra said

    Thank you Manuela, you did a great job and the participants too!

  3. These look beautiful. I cannot wait to visit them more carefully and decide which to bake! thanks so much! Looking forward to the next one!

  4. E’ stato bello partecipare a questa iniziativa!
    Ciao ciao

  5. Dhivya said

    That was a wonderful roundup Manuela. Thanks for hosting it for us.

  6. Jen said

    Thank you for hosting this event, Manuela! I’m looking forward to exploring all the submissions.

  7. thistle said

    everything looks so wonderful I don’t know where to start.

  8. zainab said

    Great roundup Manuela. Thanks for hosting BBD#4.

  9. bee said

    thank you for hosting this wonderful event.

  10. tatter said

    Great roundup, Manuela. Thanks for hosting. 😀

  11. Nora said

    Great round-up, Manuela. I will enjoy visiting all these blogs to checkout their wonedrful recipes.


  12. eliza said

    wonderful event, so many interesting breads! thanks for hosting Manuela, I couldn’t wait for the next BBD #05!

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  14. ejm said

    Lovely job, Manuela. Many thanks. (I can’t wait to admire more closely all the spicy offerings.)


  15. jackie said

    thank you so much for hosting bbd #4. all the submissions are wonderful and will be fun to explore. look forward to the next bbd. thanks again!

  16. lavaterra said

    Thank you so much for hosting bbd#4.There are so many wonderful entries.

  17. Aparna said

    Thanks. It was lovely baking for the event. Such a variety of entries. I shall definitely aim at improving my bread skills.

  18. Lien said

    Thank you Manuela for hosting. It looks terrific.
    The entries are great…some baking for me to do these weeks, great recipes! See you all at BBD # 5!!

  19. Marta said

    Very good job. Thanks for the roundup

  20. BreadBakingDay – roundup #4 and #5 theme

    I just wanted to invite you to visit the wonderful BreadBakingDay #4 roundup written by Baking History. The theme was “bread with spices”. 25 bakers contributed wonderful recipes.


    Chelsea from Rolling in dough is the host of BreadBakingDay #5.

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