Happy Romanian Independence Day!*
[*technically, it was on the 1st, but I took longer than expected to post this...so, happy belated!]
I'm not Romanian (that I know of anyways...). Neither is Kevin. Rudder, well he's English. However, our good friends, the Popovich's are! So, we were invited over to celebrate. :o)
Had some super delicious food to include Romanian staples like Mici (kinda like meatballs and made with beef, pork, and lamb), A La Rousse (or something similar) salad, and bread. We also had amazing smoked salmon dip and a delicious cilantro'y quinoa salad. There was also gingerbread cookies, Ovi's amazing angel food-meets-custard-meets-fresh fruit-meets-whipped cream cake! Oh, and I finally tried Tsuica. Wow. That can be checked off the list and declined from here on out. :op
Rudder dressed up for the occasion.
|As you can see from the blur, the hat stayed on for a nanosecond.|
We made minor adaption to the linked recipe including adding orange zest to the dough, and some chopped dark chocolate to the filling. I also halved the recipe, which ended up making one good size loaf.
Kind of intensive bread to make, not super difficult, just more time intensive. I kneaded the dough by hand for 35 minutes and let it rise overnight. You end up splitting the dough in half, then pressing out two rectangles by hand (12"x16"'ish). Then a nice light layer of the filling stuff goes on, and ya roll it up like you're making cinnamon rolls! [which reminds me, I have a cinnamon roll recipe to share...]
Then, the brand new part for me. Take each rolled up rope, and twist them together, then tuck the ends. I liked this part. :o)
Let it rise again about 1 hour, brush on beat egg, sprinkle on some sugar*, then bake @ 350* for 50-55 minutes in a butter greased loaf pan.
*If you get your hands a bit wet before you sprinkle the sugar on, it'll help make sugar "clumps" like you can see in the top picture.
I love love love the swirls! I have a feeling I'm going to be doing some experimentation with dough flavor and the innards...
Ah, swirls. Look so fancy, but you're really not as tricky as you made me believe. :o)