French Bread

I love French bread for its versatility.  Bread and cheese, sandwiches, garlic bread, French bread pizza, so many uses.  And so many of them great for summer, when picnics and gatherings are in full swing.  I had a lot of fun testing this recipe out, as bread has always been my first love when it comes to baking.  As with most breads, there are a lot of variations and “correct” ways to make French bread.  Here is my interpretation.  Hope you enjoy, with cheese and wine of course!

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Cream Cheese and Jam Danish

We recently shared a recipe on social media for making classic Swedish Sugar Buns.  I made them a couple times as the recipe was written but then my creativity went into overdrive and I realized I could tweak them just a bit and turn them into delicious cream cheese and jam danishes.  A few more tests and I feel we have a winner!  These are best served warm, right out of the oven but no one really complained when they enjoyed them the next morning, slightly warmed in the microwave.  I used a slightly sweetened cream cheese mixture and cherry jam for mine but feel free to use just plain cream cheese if you’re trying to cut back on sugar and if another flavor jam is preferred, go for it.  Make them your own.  I personally enjoyed the slightly sweet cream cheese and the tart jam combination but let us know if you find a combination that you enjoy.

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Saffron Buns

Saffron buns are traditionally baked around Christmastime in Sweden, especially in celebration of St. Lucia Day on December 13th.  Delicately perfumed with saffron, with an adorable “S” shape and a traditional topping of raisins or decorative sugar; these buns certainly have a holiday vibe.  While I am not Swedish, and had actually never tasted a saffron bun until I started testing out this recipe, I hope you enjoy my adaptation of them.  This is also the second in a three part series using one of our favorite flours, King Arthur Flour.  King Arthur All-Purpose Flour helps keep these buns fluffy despite rich ingredients like ricotta and butter.

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