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I swear I made this bread in January even if I have taken weeks to blog about it. 🙂

I can’t recall if I ever mentioned the Portugese Broa recipe I love/adore/obsess about. It’s a recipe from my days as the bread baker and then asst pastry chef at a tapas restaurant in Seattle. (the bread baker job was at the shortlived sibling restaurant). The Broa was our made in house bread that we baked off daily. It’s hearty and versatile and it keeps fresh for longer than typical artisan style breads. For those of you unfamiliar with Broa it is a dense cornmeal bread, my recipe uses honey and olive oil which adds a fabulous flavor and excellent moisture retention.

When I left the restaurant back in 2004 I took with me several key recipes I wanted for my own personal use (the famous spiced chocolate dessert will have to wait for another post) but I promptly lost those precious papers before I could ever bake the first loaf. Those recipes remained lost until this year (yes I know…6 years…I hate cleaning ok) and the glee I felt when I worked my way through a stack of random paperwork only to unearth them was pretty juvenile. I think there was jumping involved.

I had found my January bread recipe. My goal for the year is to bake a new bread recipe each month and while technically this isn’t “new” I figure 6 years is long enough to call it close enough.

Check out that lovely golden crust. I used medium yellow cornmeal, cheap clover honey and SAF Instant Yeast.

What I love about the Broa is how versatile it is. It tastes great just sliced and buttered, it’s delicious toasted with a little butter and honey, hearty and filling when served with sardines and avocados. Best of all once it’s a little past its prime it works great in a bread pudding.

I like it best with bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon, served with a little creme fraiche or whipped cream.

Flickr Photos

Dragonfibers

On the needles

February Fitted Pullover

Sapphire Waves of Grain

On the Bedside Table

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (ok not really since I can't find the book anymore)

on the wheel

Absolutely Nothing.

Stashdown 2009

January 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 233 Total Weight:33.13lbs Total Miles: 27

February 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 213 Total Weight:30.09lbs Total Miles: 26

March 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 218 Total Weight:31.95lbs Total Miles: 27

April 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 217 Total Weight:31.45lbs Total Miles: 26.5

May 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 229 Total Weight: 33.8 Total Miles: 28.4

June 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 210 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.7

July 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 201 Total Weight: 30.5 Total Miles: 26.5

August 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 228 Total Weight: 34.0 Total Miles: 28.8

October 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 254 Total Weight: 38.2 Total Miles: 31.8

November1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 224 Total Weight: 34.9 Total Miles: 29.9

December 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 206 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.1

KAL

World Bread Day '07

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