Week 2 of BBA!
Once again, this is a bread I flipped right over when going through the book. First off, the book calls for it to be fancy shaped into a boule with cute little decorations on top or into a braid. Neither of which I was super excited about. Second, it’s filled with dried fruit and nuts – two things that don’t belong in bread!
This bread, like a lot of the breads in the book, calls for a poolish (or barm) which is kind of a pain in the butt since you have to make it at least a few hours before. After 3 days of refrigeration, I finally pulled the poolish out and got to work.
The dough was easy, a little sticky and I feel like I added a good 1/2 cup of extra flour to the dough. I even managed to braid it which is something I’ve never done before! They aren’t perfect but I’m pretty proud of them.
My first impressions were pretty blah. It smelled super spicy thanks to the cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon but the taste was pretty bland. Then I went back for the other end (I always steal the ends!) and my husband was all “I thought you didn’t like the bread! *giggle*” so I guess it’s not all that bad. It’s just not as spicy as I expected and I think I actually would’ve liked more dried fruit.