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:
Sarah from What Smells So Good? celebrated a snow day by experimenting in the kitchen. She created soft, slightly sweet Thai Dinner Rolls and Variations using leftover coconut milk.
(Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)
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)
Michelle of Big Black Dog made Almost No-Knead Chocolate Stout Bread for St. Patrick’s Day. She found that the chocolate stout didn’t make the bread sweet but did give it a delicious mild malt flavor.
(Barrington Hills, Illinois, 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!