Yep, another installment from those crazy crazy folks - the Bread Baking Babes! I decided to bake along again this month, after the success of the whole wheat pitas (I had pockets!!). Imagine my surprise when I found out that the challenge this time was a sugar bread - because I don't make enough sweet and sugary things as it is, they decided they would combine my two weak points - sugar and bread. Mean people, I tell you.
Oh yeah, and let's just get a couple things out of the way. Thanks to you guys, the boyfriend thinks I'm crazy. He came to my apartment to find a sheet full of crystallized ginger. Obviously, he assumed I had made them to put in something. Obviously, he was a little confused when I told him I had crystallized the ginger just so I would have ginger syrup for a bread I was making. And that was also why I had a box of sugar cubes - so I could lightly pulverize them and stick them into bread, cinnamon-swirl-style. Yup, he now has one more reason to think I'm crazy. Thanks, everyone.
In the end though, he couldn't make too much fun of me. He complained that I was being too patient in letting it cool, because he really wanted to try it! It seriously smelled like some overgrown cinnamon roll. This stuff would make kick butt french toast, let me tell you. I think I've spoiled him though, because I'm currently baking two loaves of sandwich bread. One for me, and one for him to take back with him after the weekend. It turns out that storebought just doesn't cut it any more. Sigh. Darn, more baking for me :)
Thanks to Monique of Living on Bread and Water for picking this wonderful bread, and the rest of the Bread Baking Babes for letting me play along. It was fun, as always! The recipe for the bread can be found here, and the crystallized ginger here.
PS, I probably should have slashed this bread, it sort of exploded on me in the oven. Oops!