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My Jewish Strudel

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My Jewish Strudel

I´m here back now in this my first post of 2010.


 


I´m an artisan bread baker from Petrópolis, Brazil, where i started baking breads to survive. I have had a pet-shop at my city for 23 long years , but i´d losted my business on a riverflood at 2003, January. The waters invaded my pet-shop and destroyed all. Then, with lots of bills to pay, lots of unsolved payments i declared me on bankrupt. The next years were so hard times and for many following days i had no money to buy breads on bakery. Then i decided to study recipes of breads and study how to bake my own bread at home. I found a new recipe of that famous Jim Lahey´s no-knead method and started to bake that breads first to my own, but then i decided to sell them to neighbors, parents, and friends. Parallel i´d started to reasearch lots of new breads from all the world´s corners. Now, after one and 8 months after that challenge, i have my own small bakery where i produce a variety of 170 breads, cakes and buttered biscuits. I had my history narrated at one of best reportage Tv show in Brazil from local Globo Network Tv. My history you could view in this video but the language is our local portuguese:


http://g1.globo.com/globoreporter/0,,MUL1052006-16619,00-COMERCIANTE+REVELA+RECEITA+PARA+SUSTENTAR+A+FAMILIA.html


And here you could view my flaxseed bread step-by-step recipe of that Jim Lahey´s bread version, but still in portuguese language:


http://g1.globo.com/globoreporter/0,,MUL1052070-16619,00-VEJA+COMO+PREPARAR+O+PAO+INTEGRAL+DE+TRIGO+COM+LINHACA.html


  I hope you enjoy it.


After those months of many reasearchers i baked lots of ethnic breads and Challah Bread is one of my favorites.


In my city, of Germanic colonization, i´ve been contacted on last June to bake breads at a local Germanic Festival called Bauernfest. And i created an original bread for that event, that folks loved a lot. With the Challah dough, i baked a bread filled with honey brushed on top, sliced rippened bananas, walnuts and golden raisins, sprinkled with grounded cinamon. When i finished, i´d folded that bread similar like Germanic Strudel. It turns AMAZING. The people at festival looked to that loaves and asked me imediatly: Is it a Strudel??? Then i decided name that bread as Jewish Strudel.


Then it was a ´must` after that occasion. Always baking Jewish Strudel i become famous among locals and i decided to begin the 2010´s post productions here sharing with you this bread i think you´ll love a lot!


 


Here the recipe:


You could begin making the dough of KAF blog´s recipe for Challah you get here:


http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2009/01/05/challa-lujah/


Then, do the following path:


Rest the  original dough of Challah to double size for one hour, then deflate it and rolling it in a great rectangle shaped dough. Brush the surface of dough with honey, sprinkle clover and cinnamon all over the dough, then sliced sliced rippened bananas or apples, golden or sultan raisins and a lot of chopped walnuts. Then fold the dough in a third then another folding in last third, just like an envelope sealed. Sprinkle an amount of wheat all purpose flour and cinnamon clove mixture at top and bake exactly like you done with Challah.


 


This bread turns excellent, with astonishing aromas and softly sweetened dough. You could variate the fruits you choose for filling it with a diferent assortment like figs, black prunes, apricots, combining them with those correspondent jams to brush on surface. It´s amazing when sliced the bread with fresh heavy cream on top.


 


For your mouthwatering P.J.Hamel promised me to publish a recipe and picture of this marvellous Strudel...a Jewish Strude for next posts at KAF blog!

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JoeVa's picture
JoeVa

Bread is life and life is bread. Compliments Ricardo.


Giovanni

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LindyD

I'm so glad you were able to create success out of disaster.  Never stop achieving.

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Debra Wink

The videos wouldn't play for me, but your blog is a delight to read. Thank you for the smile! Is there any way you could post a picture of that Jewish Strudel?   -dw

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gonzalezbrazil

  I´d tried to post pictures of this Jewish Strudel, but can´t done because of large pixialized the pictures are. PJ Hamel from KAF baker´s banter blog promised me to reproduce this bread in one of next posts. When it occurs i´ll be right back here with a link to the bread pictures!

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homeschoolmom23

Do you still braid this like a traditional challah?

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Paddyscake

Congratulations! Most inspiring and I look forward to seeing and hearing more from you! Looking forward to trying your strudel. It sounds wonderful!


Betty