I had read some reviews about this bread from the HB in Five group saying that it was good but don't expect a sweet bread. Well, I wanted a sweet bread. I changed a few things- I added some real vanilla extract, some Vietnamese cinnamon and doubled the amount of brown sugar that was listed. I also used pecans instead of walnuts because I like pecans better. Golden raisins were my fruit of choice.
I decided to make them into rolls. The dough is hard to work with so I grabbed my ice cream scooper and scooped away - right into my lightly greased muffin tins. I gave each one a little egg wash and sprinkled some turbinado sugar on top and baked.
This is my absolute FAVORITE bread from this cookbook so far. I spread a little butter on one right out of the oven and I truly wanted to eat half a pan of them. It was 11:00 at night so I restrained myself and waited until the next morning. These rolls (I don't know what else you would call them) were the first thing on my mind when I woke up the next day.
I have some baking in my oven right now, as I am typing this. My home smells heavenly!!!
Pesto and Pine Nut Bread
The next bread that I baked (although off schedule for the challenge) was the pine nut and pesto bread. We all liked this bread a lot. I love anything with basil so it wasn't a hard sell for me. The dough was very hard to work with even after refrigerating it a couple days. I had this brilliant idea to make bread sticks but they didn't quite turn out as visually appetizing as I had anticipated. They tasted great though. I added a little flavor by brushing some spicy garlic butter on top on top of them after baking . YUM!
I also made some buns for barbeque pulled pork sandwiches. These were messy but delicious!
Avocado and Tomato Bread
One of the other breads I made for the HB in 5 Challenge was the Avocado and Tomato Bread. I almost didn't make this because I wasn't sure that I would like it, but decided to give it a try. I added some ingredients to the dough because I wanted some of the traditional guacamole flavors. Cilantro, minced fresh garlic, and 1 chopped fresh jalepeno pepper (without ribs and seeds) were added to the wet ingredients.
I made this bread into buns for some jalepeno and lime grilled chicken sandwiches. We all loved the bread and the sandwiches were excellent!
I am a kindergarten teacher living in Kansas, though my heart will always be in Texas. I spend my "extra" time cooking, baking, reading, planning for my classroom and spending time with my son and husband. My newest obsession is Zumba. I have been teaching since October and absolutely LOVE it!!! My twelve-year-old son, Cameron loves to cook with me and has considered being a chef when he grows up. We spend a lot of quality time together in our teeny-tiny kitchen.