A loaf that is slightly sweet and tender with sticky apricot spread, chewy apricot pieces and crunchy almonds.
By Sami Berger
There are a bunch of foods that are perfect blank canvases, that you can make over and over again using the same base recipe and technique and it never gets old. I am sure that applies to a lot of dishes, but when I think of that blank canvas, I think of ice cream and bread. It’s not like I have an endless supply of homemade ice cream and bread on hand, but when I am in a creative rut and I think of random flavor combinations (particularly ones that lend themselves to sweet dishes), I can usually turn them into an ice cream or bread creation.
I can very vividly remember the first time I dealt with yeast, and the uncertainty and fear that I felt. Thankfully, the process is so different now. Now, kneading brings me to a zen place, not one of panic. And I can pretty well tell if I have to sprinkle a bit more flour here or there and when things have risen sufficiently. What I’m getting at, is all it takes is a little bit of practice, and the world of breads will be at your fingertips. So, if you are reading this thinking that you will check out some pictures, but will never attempt to make this, give it a shot.
This bread is very delicious. Like a lot of bread that I make, it would be delicious as french toast (that’s always where my mind goes…Also, french toast suspicion confirmed: it was delicious). However, it is also awesome as regular toast. Obviously you can smear it with almond butter to make this double almond-y or slather some apricot jam to take it in the other direction (or both of course, I would very much encourage slathering both), but a simple pat of butter would do as well. I actually had it with some havarti cheese and a fried egg for dinner one night (yum!). It is slightly sweet, tender and has some nice texture going on with the sticky apricot spread, chewy apricot pieces and crunchy chopped almonds.Print
Sami Berger is the author of My Second Breakfast, a mostly healthy, mostly vegetarian blog. Inspired by her travels and life in a new city, My Second Breakfast is a space to tell stories and experiment with sometimes new, sometimes familiar and most importantly, always delicious, flavours.