This lovely loaf for the BBBs' August 2010 task is not the traditional shape for Pão Doce. But then we're not Portuguese so we aren't bound by tradition. The loaf was brushed with milk prior to baking and then with butter just after it came out of the oven. Doesn't it look spectacular?
The dough is rather slack. It will be interesting to see if it is as slack, with the same measurements, on a day with regular humidity. (It was insanely hot and humid when this bread was made.)
The demarcations in the bread are to be made by a thin rolling pin. Our rolling pins were too wide so I used a wooden spoon handle instead.
The dough was VERY springy and didn't really want to hold the marks.
When the bread was ready to go into the oven, the loaf looked like a puffball and marks had almost completely disappeared. I redefined the marks, causing the loaf to deflate drastically.
But it certainly made it easy to divide. And the final bread didn't appear to be overly compromised.
Closer view of the crumb.
The recipe made a lot of dough - enough for 3 loaves. Rather than make 3 rounds, I decided to braid one third of the dough.
And make a jam roll out of the third part of the dough to use up blue grape jam that doesn't taste terrible but has been decreed inedible as grape jam by 50% of the inhabitants (I unfortunately boiled the mixture for too long and it tastes like raisins instead of grapes).
These seedless, blue grapes are fabulous in pie. They are sweet yet tart with a flavour reminiscent of blueberries. Unless they have been cooked too long for jam. Then they taste like raisins.
It makes delicious toast.
Aloo Paratha . Assyrian Spinach Pies . Beaujolais Bread . Biscotti Picanti . Brioche and Gateau a la Creme . Brioche Flower . Broa . Brunkans Långa . caramelized onion bread . carrot bread . Challah . Chapatis . Chinese Steamed Flower Rolls . Chocolate Prune Rolls . Coccodrillo . Conchas (Mexican pan dulce) . Cornucopia . Cozonac (Romanian Festive Braid) . Crackers . Croissants and Pains au Chocolat . Cuban Bread . Dhakai Bakharkhani . Flaxseed Soaker Bread with Prunes . Fougasse . Dan's Garlic Bread . Easy Little Bread . Ensaimadas . Fantans . Filled Pane Bianco . Five-Grain Bread with Walnuts . Granary-style Bread . Hamburger Buns . Herbed Soda Bread . Holiday Apple Kuchen . Italian Knots . Julia Child's French Bread . Kaiser Rolls . Kouign Amann . Mary's Dark Onion Rye . Modern 'Lardy' Cake . Molasses Fennel Rye . Muesli Rolls . Naan . Nut Roll Coffee Cake . Oatmeal Twists . L'Otto di Merano . Panmarino . Pocketbook Rolls . Polenta Bread . Power Bread . Pretzel Croissants . Robert May's French Bread . Rewena paraoa . Rgaif . Rheinbrot . Royal Crown Tortano . Russian Rose . Soft Pretzels . St. Hildegard's Spelt Bread . Stollen . Streusel Potato Coffee Cake . Stromboli . Swedish Rye . Sweet Portuguese Bread . Tangzhong Bread . Taralli Pugliesi . Water-Proofed Bread (challah) . Whipped Spelt Bread . Whole-Wheat Pita . Wild Rice and Onion Bread . Yeasted Sprouted Wheat Bread