We enjoy sitting together and have a choice of different breads and pastries, eggs of course and Matse or Matzoh in English. Easter is just not complete without the large round ones! (My mom always had these for Easter). Some fresh OJ, coffee and/or tea and two work-free days ahead of you. What better way to start a day?
And now I suppose you were wondering what you were looking at in the picture above? Well it is this bread, a spiral or snail, based on a white dough, seasoned with orange. In the original version I would have had to use mahleb and mastic which were not available and so I decided to give this bread a definite orange twist. The egg in the middle is dyed a vivid red in the Greek tradition, which stands for the ancient symbols of spring and fertility.
The resulting bread is very soft crumbed, almost cake-like, yellowish in color due to the eggs and a very nice citrus aroma. I decided to pair this bread with soft orange butter spiked with orange liqueur. Sunny? Very sunny and yummy too!
The recipe is adapted from this new book I bought (well eh..I was looking for a present for a dear friend, found the book, decided it was spot-on and since there were two copies....I suddenly thought of myself as another dear friend who really really needed a new book on baking, ahum).
So, for no other reason than sheer greed, a copy of "Home Baking" by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid is in my kitchen. I will add the recipe here as soon as possible...have to go hunt for some other things now....like groceries and curtains.... be right back soon! In the meantime, enjoy the pictures!