Thursday, 15 August 2013

Blueberry Braided Bread: A Guest Post



My post today is over on The Pastry Affair, a gorgeous baking blog written by Kristin Rosenau.

Kristin started out as an astroparticle physicist. Then, in 2010, Kristin left physics to work as a baker (she's pretty good at it... Hello, Nutella Espresso Rolls.). She worked as a full-time baker for two years, tutoring on the side, then changed course once more, to go back to graduate school to become a physics teacher. As you can imagine, I've followed her journey with great interest as the parallels between our lives played out across the ocean.

While Kristin goes through a few more life changes, she asked me to write a guest post. I made this soft, sweet braided bread with blueberry compote and cream cheese filling and got a bit carried away with braiding metaphors. You can find the post, recipe and photos of the finished braid here.



Three recipes of Kristen's that I'd love to try:
Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies
Pumpkin Espresso Bread
Toasted Almond Cookies with a Dried Fig Filling

26 comments:

  1. Ca a l'air trop bon. Trop trop bon.

    Au fait, merci encore pour les recettes des meringues. Est tenté hier la recette des meringues francaises. J'ai fait un "tabac" (ai eu un grand succés).

    Ai mis quelques photos sur mon blog et me suis permise de citer votre blog.

    http://mililicoo.blogspot.fr/

    Un grand remerciement,

    Marina

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  2. "Ai" tenté pas "est" tenté. Je vous écris en français. Et en plus je fais des fautes d'orthographe...


    C'est Français... ... je sais bien...


    Marina

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  3. Hi Emma. A beautifully written and insightful post, a delicious recipe and an introduction to a new blog which, on first glance, looks like another good one. What more could we ask for?! Could I just check a point on the braiding? Unless I am mistaken, it looks like you have folded two strips over each time. Is this correct? Thank you. X

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  4. poiresauchocolat15 August 2013 18:35

    Hi Lucy. I'm so pleased you liked the post and have popped over here. With the braiding I did R over, then L over, then L over to go under R over, then R over to go under L over if that makes sense? You can also just alternate L-R, I was overthinking it that day! Hope that helps.

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  5. poiresauchocolat15 August 2013 18:37

    Je suis heureux que vous avez aimé la recette, Marina.

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  6. That bread looks quite something. Don't know about you, but I'm contemplating emigrating to the US exclusively for its cheap and plentiful blueberries.

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  7. Nan - Silver Magpies16 August 2013 00:25

    This looks wonderful....and how handy :-), we have lots of blueberries.

    Thanks,
    Nan

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  8. poiresauchocolat16 August 2013 12:56

    Heh, I don't know that I'd go quite that far but I do love blueberries! Glad you like the bread.

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  9. poiresauchocolat16 August 2013 12:57

    That's good timing. I'm glad you like it.

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  10. New to your lovely space! I tried this yesterday with peaches and the bread came out looking beautiful and tasted great! Thanks much for sharing the recipe!

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  11. Andrea Paola Baul16 August 2013 17:00

    Hi Emma, wonderful post as always! Have you tried Richard Bertinet's technique of forming the dough? I have and what he claimed is true! The bread is really airy and soft as compared to the traditional fold-over-itself. I hope you try it too and share your experience here. :)

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  13. diginhobart.blogspot.com.au19 August 2013 03:23

    how delicious, and you make it look so easy. i have to head over to see the final result! berries and cream cheese and pastry - what more could we want?

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  14. Mari @ Oh, Sweet & Savory19 August 2013 15:12

    This is *absolutely* gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! I've also beein following your blog & am always inspired - by both of you!!

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  15. poiresauchocolat20 August 2013 16:58

    I'm so pleased you tried the recipe and enjoyed it! Peaches sound lovely, I hadn't thought of using stone fruit. Lots of possibilities...

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  16. poiresauchocolat20 August 2013 17:00

    I haven't, no - unless I didn't realise it was his technique! I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the tip!

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  17. poiresauchocolat20 August 2013 17:01

    I'm glad you like it! I hope the finished bread lived up to your expectations.

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