It seems there was an awful lot of celebrating going on in March, and I have the breads to prove it. This month’s BreadBakingDay #08: Celebrate! found 49 53 people in 15 countries making breads in honor of official and unofficial holidays, personal triumphs, special people, and more. Now I have the honor of presenting them all to you.
First let me thank Zorra (1x umrühren bitte aka kochtopf) for originating and managing this wonderful monthly event. I am passing the hosting baton to Astrid (Paulchens FoodBlog), so keep your eye on her blog for the announcement of the new BBD theme on April 6.
And now without further ado, I give you, in the order they arrived in my mailbox, the most stunning collection of celebration breads ever assembled anywhere:
Bee and Jai from Jugalbandi made Puran Poli. This flatbread with a sweet lentil filling is is an important part of the festival menu in India for religious events, to herald the new year under the lunar calendar, and to celebrate the new harvest.
For St. Patrick’s Day we have Irish Soda Bread from Sandie at Elixir Bakery. She was pleasantly surprised with how well the raisins work with the bread’s texture and caraway seeds.
(Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
My own entry took Hot Cross Buns back to their ancient origins to celebrate the Spring Equinox.
(Northern California, USA)
So there you have it. We celebrated by braiding, filling, rolling, and crossing. We celebrated with eggs, sugar, butter, fruit, and nuts. We celebrated with love, joy, and happy memories. We celebrated with bread!
everything looks so beautiful, what a great variety of breads! i really wanted to participated and was down to the wire yesterday and had my biga all ready, and then realized i didn’t have any more yeast! but hopefully i can join you all next time!
I have a feeling I’ll be coming back to this page over and over whenever there’s an excuse to celebrate anything. (Hey… the car started this morning! Time to make some… ) It’s fascinating to see how (and what) everyone celebrates.
Susan thank you so much for taking the time to present all these amazing breads accompanied by such lovely descriptions! I have already made a list of everything I want to try… I think everything… better buy more flour…
What wonderful ideas from all over the globe!
What a wonderful round up! I am so sorry to have missed on on this event. I had planned to do a Peruvian bread, but just couldn’t get to it in time! I will have to look these over more carefully as some look really delicious! Thanks for doing this!
Dear Susan, what a gorgeous array of celebration breads!
I am so sorry I could not participate, I was going to submit a fried yeasted pastry for Purim.
But my family and I all came down with influenza, I was not up to baking anything. Because of the flu, our Purim was not good at all, unfortunately.
Sheez, I missed it. Again! I’m such a dork! Lovely round-up Susan, what a great array of breads!
Prensy on April 4 2008 at 12:18 am:
wow! what a beautiful and delicious collection! There are some breads here that I simply must try to make…
I wish I had known about this sooner, I would have loved to share the bird-shaped dinner rolls I made for our easter dinner this year!
What a wonderful way to celebrate bread, Susan. I love the variety the event has thrown up. More so, because I’m not that intimidated by bread-baking any more. Must have been hard work…you certainly rose to the occasion! Great round-up!
Thanks a lot Susan!! I delete mails regularly and couldn’t find the initial one, so I just mailed you again saying that I probably did not mail you initially. Seeing that others too had a similar experience made me feel so much better!! I saw you on my live traffic feed yesterday!! Thanks for the visit, and God Bless you for introducing me to so many droolworthy blogs like your own!!
thanks for a great round up susan – these events are so great for me in reminding me of so many other ways people are celebrating around the world as well as my own traditions – gives me lots of inspiration for trying new ideas
Lovely round up Susan!
I eagerly scanned through all the yummy stuff and then realised my entry wasn’t there. As is obviously going to happen, if absent minded people like me blog about how they are sending this bread to BBD and then FORGET to mail the entry!!
Anyway, next time I guess – but it was fun baking for this!
[...] The lovely Astrid of Pulchen’s Food Blog is this month’s hostess for Bread Baking Day number 9. She proposed the fabulous theme of oat breads for the month of April, and I was thrilled because I am a newbie bread baker, and only have one oat bread under my belt (and it wasn’t terribly successful…Mr. Fish referred to it as “tasting like bread for old people”. Thanks mon amour.) The round-up is still a few days away, so if you just can’t wait, go visit Susan over at Wild Yeast. She graciously hosted our event last month, and here is the round-up. [...]