Chrismas Bread

In the last few years, bread has come to symbolize holiday eating.  We just returned from a three year stint living in Germany, where bread was just a way of life.  Each holiday brought with it a new type of bread.  Stollen, or Weinachtsstollen (Christmas version of this bread), was the type to eat during the holidays.

Admittedly, I am trying to recreate just about every bread I had in Europe, whether I liked it or not.  I was not in love with stollen (maybe it was the plethora of alcohol-soaked dried fruits?) but it did remind me of a bread I’d had some twenty years ago probably.

I remember my mom making several loaves of a yeast bread with just a hint of sweetness, but a lot of buttery taste.  So I did a bit of research, trying to find a recipe to give me that the buttery soft taste, with just a hint of sweetness, and a bit of almond taste that is so prevalent in German bakery dishes.  Plus I wanted it to be a fun shape.

That led me to the holiday wreath bread:

There you go!  Okay, there is more to it, but it really is easy.  I made it one night while my children roamed around my house/ climbed on me.

The recipe is based mostly on this one:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/christmas-wreath-bread

I left out dry milk powder (I never have this and I’m averse to milk in powdered form), reduced the glaze by a half, used vanilla instead of almond extract (because I have a several ounces of vodka with vanilla bean soaking, another post another day, I promise), and used a cup less flour.

I will be back with a step by step tutorial on how to make this!

Merry Christmas!

Who we are

This is a story about two sisters.  We’re Southerners interested in making things with our hands.

Kelly is the owner of a shop called Retro Modern Furnishings.

She takes retro furniture and gives it a new look, restoring its vintage style with a modern twist.  She also makes modern-style furniture by hand, using reclaimed and recycled materials.  A little bit about Kelly:  she is a multi-talented lady, ever modest, and ended up leaving a prestigious job in marketing to start up her own business, a life-long dream.

Megan is an avid baker, and cook, interested in bread-making, canning, cooking and all that fun stuff.  That’s me, right here.  I have two kids under the age of 3,so I am always on the search for kid-friendly activities.  A bit more about me:  I’m a military wife, just returned from living in Germany.  You will see me try to recreate the German delicacies I enjoyed, with a Southern twist.

This space will be a hodge podge of all things we love.  I hope you will enjoy and keep reading.