Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Alsatian Christmas Bread

December 11, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, groups, other sweet, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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alsatian christmas bread

Alstatian Christmas Bread (aka baerewecke) is a bit of a project, but it also couldn’t be easier. It’s not a bread that needs flour or yeast, just dried fruit and nuts. Instead of rising time, it needs chopping and mascaerating time…also some shopping time to gather ingredients. This uses all sorts of yummy dried fruit- figs, apples, pears, raisins, apricots and prunes- plus walnuts and almond flour. The fruit is cut and soaked in juice until it’s very soft and makes a sticky paste when mixed with the nuts. Form the paste into logs, bake them until they hold together, and you’re done! This is one of those things that, like fruitcake, lasts a long time and probably even gets better with age. I made mine a few days before I first cut into it, and I still have the second log sitting in my chilly kitchen. I’m thinking of mailing it to my mom in Seattle, because I think she’d like it.

By itself, it’s gluten free, dairy free and vegan. You can nibble on this like a snack or energy bar, but I think it’s also great with cheese. If I make a cheese plate I always like to have some sort of jam or fruit paste on the side, and this is a perfect accompaniment.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

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  1. Yummm

  2. looks great!

  3. Our house enjoyed this bread too. I’m saving a loaf for guests at Christmastime.

  4. I absolutely cannot wait to make this!! Yours is gorgeous!

  5. Your appetizer board looks really good. If I was having a party this would be perfect.

  6. I am not too sure how this one will go over in my house so I am glad to see yours was a success! 🙂

  7. It is not pretty but it sure is tasty. Yours looks very tempting.

  8. Hope your mom enjoyed her festive package! This looks like something my mom would like as well 🙂

    On Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 12:06 AM a whisk and a spoon wrote:

    > steph (whisk/spoon) posted: ” Alstatian Christmas Bread (aka baerewecke) > is a bit of a project, but it also couldn’t be easier. It’s not a bread > that needs flour or yeast, just dried fruit and nuts. Instead of rising > time, it needs chopping and mascaerating time…also some shoppi” >

  9. Your cheese board looks very appetizing. Happy New Year!


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