The Bread Baking Babes were joined by the Bread Baking Buddies to bake batches of Holiday Apple Kuchen for the month of December.
You remember that I was the Bread Baking Babes Kitchen of the Month for December and that I chose the Holiday Apple Kuchen as the Dessert (or Breakfast?) treat with an identity crisis problem…is it Cake? Pie? Both?
Each person added their own special touch to the different Kuchen’s they made, depending on where they are around the world, what ingredients they had on hand and what suited their mood. Isn’t that what being a Bread Baking Babe or Buddy is all about? Making our bread work for us and appeal to us, no matter where we are.
Enjoy a glimpse of the Holiday Apple Kuchens that were baked in Buddy Kitchens around the world:
1 – Gilad baked up a vegan version of the Holiday Apple Kuchen after translating the recipe into Hebrew.
2 – Sandie made a Pear Cranberry (swoon!) version of the Kuchen that included Amaretto soaked pears and crystallized ginger. Where is my fork?!
3 – Judy enjoyed getting back into baking with this Holiday Apple Kuchen by combining a couple different apples and a homemade spice mix.
4 – Carola took advantage of some bad weather to make up a “yummy, yummy” Apple Rhubarb Kuchen. (Be still my beating heart…I haven’t eaten rhubarb in years!)
5 – Jamie tells a tale of her grandmothers cooking and untried recipes of old. The Traditional Apple Kuchen was one she had always meant to bake and finally did with the Bread Baking Buddies!
6 – Kelly turned her Holiday Apple Kuchen into a festive affair with the addition of fresh cranberries (so jealous!!). Her version also included oats in the topping and spelt flour in the dough.
7 – Karen made the Holiday Apple Kuchen for dessert, topped with whipped cream, and then ate it again for breakfast!
8 – Barbara said that this was a cross between bread and coffee cake – what a perfect description! She served her Holiday Apple Kuchen for breakfast to the delight of her family.
Just a spotlight into the Kitchen’s of the Babes themselves:
9 - Elizabeth writes a diary of sorts of how she baked up an Apple Cranberry Kuchen that her husband adored!
10 - Pat made her “tray bake” into an Almond Apricot Kuchen - what a wonderful way to personalize this delicious treat!
11 - Lien planned to freeze some of her Holiday Apple Kuchen (her tray bake, as she called it!) but would up defrosting the very next day.
12 - Tanna enjoyed her Holiday Apple Kuchen with flax seed, a homemade Speculoos mixture and almond slivers. Yum!
13 - Karen squeezed the Holiday Apple Kuchen into her holiday baking this year. Her suggestion for a rum flavored mascarpone cheese topping made me weak at the knees!
14 - Susan used a homemade apple spice mixture to flavor her “topless(!)” Holiday Apple Kuchen. I like the name she used as well, “yeasted pastry.”
Be on the lookout for the next Bread Baking Babes Bread on January 16th!