Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sweet or Savoury? Both!

For quite some time now, I have been looking for a good sweet egg bread recipe.  The kind of sweet egg bread that I grew up eating so I am particularly picky about finding the right one.  This holy grail of sweet egg bread in my memory is dense, moist and chewy with a firm but light crust.  The taste reminds me of an eggy milkshake.  It sounds gross, but that's the best way to describe the creamy, sweet egg aroma.  A simple search on Google reveals bushels upon bushels of recipes on the interwebs... nice, I suppose.  However, since I cannot test them all, I sort of use the pictures as an indication of how close the recipes are to the bread I remember from my childhood.  Sad to say, I have not found "the one" yet.  There were some very good contenders, but no jackpot.

This afternoon, during my usual trawling on the net for a recipe to try, I found one that peaked my interest.  This recipe reminds me of a challah bread.

About half way through the kneading process, my gut was telling me that this was not the end of my search.  There was no tell-tale yellow tint in the dough and I was not convinced that the 1/4 cup of sugar would yield enough sweetness.  Immediately, my brain started turning and I raided my pantry.  After the proofing and egg wash, I sprinkled the loaf with some dried thyme, chives, oregano, little bit of poultry herb blend and sea salt.  Even though this is supposed to be a sweet egg bread, the combination of the sweet and savoury makes this bread good for anything from sandwiches to French toast.  Oh  yeah, I braided it too.

   Ready for the oven!       35 minutes later!      Yummy in my tummy!
The search for my childhood bread continues... maybe next time I will try using sweetened condensed milk instead of milk and sugar and add a couple more eggs!  Do you have any childhood favourites?  Do you know of a good sweet egg bread recipe? :)

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