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For Santa :^)

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breadsong's picture

For Santa :^)

Hello and happy holidays everyone!
Here are a couple of things under the tree for Santa :^)

"Walnut" Cookies:

                                                      ...and a Sourdough Loaf :^)

This is the cookie recipe (super-tasty); the cookies were baked in walnut cookie molds.
The shaping idea for the sourdough is from Bernard Clayton's New Complete Book of Breads (shaping for the Anise Kuchen), using strips of paper loosely fastened around the loaf prior to proofing then left on during the bake. Indentations remain, leaving a place for ribbon :^)

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season!
:^) from breadsong




lumos's picture

I think you're over-indulging your Santa! I'm sure he'll make sure he'll  come back for more next year. :p

Thank you for sharing beautiful creations of yours, not only these one, but throughout this year.  Happy Christmas!

teketeke's picture

How lovely your post is, Breadsong!That is so lovely that I want to take some pictures from here.( from this iPad ).

Happy Merry Christmas!

ananda's picture

Merry Christmas Breadsong

All good wishes in 2012


SylviaH's picture

What a lovely site under your tree...Santa will be very pleased : )

Wishing you all the best for the new year ahead.


Mebake's picture

Just beautiful, breadsong! Happy Christmas..!

ehanner's picture

Always the artist, just beautiful breadsong. All the best to you in the coming new year. I have been inspired by your long list of excellent posts. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for next year.


PiPs's picture

Hope you enjoy a festive holiday season.

Can't wait to read and see your inspiring posts in the coming year.

All the best,

Syd's picture

Those walnut cookies look just like the real things!  Beautiful!  Merry Christmas to you and your family Breadsong. :)

All the best,


varda's picture

A treat to look at!  -Varda

breadsong's picture

Thank you all so much for your good wishes and kind words, and for the inspiration each of you have given me over the past year :^)
Wish you all the very best in the New Year!
:^) from breadsong

Janetcook's picture

Hi Breadsong,

I was just checking out old blogs to see if anyone had even baked an Anise Kuchen and happily your post was the first to pop onto my screen.  I love Bernard's book and stumbled across his Kuchen recipe a few days ago and it is now happily fermenting in my refrigerator overnight.  I was wondering how to do the parchment paper strips in the morning and now I do not have to wonder anymore.  You did a lovely job and I am going to copy it :*)

Timing is interesting since tomorrow I will be setting up your Oatmeal Sweet Date loaf too….

So 3 years late - thanks for the post :)

Take Care,