Saturday, May 23, 2009

BBA: Christopsomos


I feel like I had a very lucky childhood. You see, both of my parents worked, but my dad was (and is) a college professor. Which meant that he could pick us up from school, take us to sports practices, coach sports teams, and had the summer off with us so we never were sent to interminable summer camps. My mom, on the other hand, worked a lot. So she would get us ready in the morning and take us to school, coming home in time for dinner (Dad cooked, she did the dishes).


This only posed a problem when one parent or the other couldn't fulfill their standard roles. Although I secretly (maybe not so secretly) loved when Dad wasn't around to make dinner - Mom always went with breakfast for dinner. Scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, whatever we wanted. Heaven for a kid, for some reason. But when Mom wasn't around in the morning? Oh goodness, that was a problem. Dad could not braid. At all. That whole three strand thing threw him for a loop. Inevitably, my sister and I would be sent off to school with lopsided ponytails instead. We, of course, found this immensely hilarious. What's funnier than watching a parent fail at something so easy?


Here's the thing though. Now I feel bad for how much fun we made of him, because of this particular bread. I got it in my head that I wanted to braid it, but that three strands just wasn't going to do it. Oh no, I needed six strands at least. So off I went to YouTube, because now that's just what you do. I've also used it for demos on assembling wedding cakes, which has been on my mind lately as those on Twitter might have noticed... Awesome - I found this video, which was incredibly understandable and helpful. After watching it a couple times (sshh, I don't learn stuff real good), I thought I had it down.

And then I began. Umm, yeah. So I had the boyfriend queue it up and start it playing. Every time she moved a strand, he would pause the video until I had mimicked her. Then off he would go again. I don't know what I would have done without him around - tried to grow a third arm, maybe? In the end though, it came together quite nicely. I'm a definite fan of the six strand braid, just don't ask me to demo it!


And the bread? It's like a cinnamon roll, minus the frosting. Oh, and about 10000x bigger. Seriously, I put the braid diagonally on my cookie sheet, and it rose and baked over the handles on both ends. This is one monster bread. My suggestions if you're going to make it? Well, while fresh, toasted with almond butter. And while stale (because I couldn't quite go through the monster loaf that quickly), as french toast, drenched in maple syrup. You can't go wrong with either of those.

Last BBA Recipe: Anadama Bread
Next BBA Recipe: Bagels

42 comments:

Elyse said...

Haha, I love the newfound empathy for your dad :) Both of your parents sound awesome (and breakfast for dinner is always a good thing). Your braiding of this bread looks stellar, and the idea of "cinnamon roll" bread sounds fantastic! Great job!

Leslie said...

This looks amazing! It looks like it weighs a ton. I remember learning to braid my own hair. I'm such a klutz that I had to buy a book and practice. A LOT. I'm so impressed that you did the braiding with just You Tube as an example!

Snooky doodle said...

this looks so nice! yummy its perfect. It snice to have both parents taking care of you. Lucky you.

Y said...

That braid looks amazing. I'm like your dad, I think. That's why I never had very long hair. Braiding is just one of those things that I can't get my head around. Like knitting. Although, unlike braiding, I do actually desperately want to master knitting.

Y said...

And I forgot to add, I do believe I've actually tried to learn how to knit, following that pausing-video method you used to do the 6 braids. Total failure, of course. I'm more likely to be able to learn how to pronounce "Christopsomos" than to braid it.

Manggy said...

Oh, so that's what Christopsomos is. It looks fabulous! And don't be so hard on your dad, it just doesn't come naturally for us! :)

AmyRuth said...

Incredible bread! You are amazing. Love the story about Maw and Paw! Too Cute. Did you ever make the square braid with the colored plastic which then became a key chain? Memory Lane Probabaly way before your time..... ah well.
AmyRuth

Bridget said...

It really does look beautiful - so perfectly browned! I might have to make this bread just because of your french toast idea, which sounds amazing.

Natashya said...

I love the braid! So big.
So funny about your dad and braiding. I have a school picture from when I was little, with slept in braids that my stepfather didn't know what to do with so left as is..
I look like an orphan.

The Food Librarian said...

Wow! This is amazing. I love your whole YouTube way of braiding! It looks fantastic. And what a great memory of your father! :)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I think hair is easier to braid than bread dough;o) wonderful story.
It is seriously wonderful bread. Need to stop reading and write mine up.

Baking Soda said...

Love breakfast for dinner! I use youtube for sewing an invisible zipper.... Every time I zip up I involuntarily think: Hi, I'm Karen from Expertvillage.
The braid is wonderful, just perfect!

Audrey said...

Just gorgeous, inside and out! I'm glad to know it tastes so good, too...otherwise, I was going to just shellac mine and hang it up over the mantle...

Tartelette said...

Beautiful! Loved hearing about your parents but the bit about your beau queueing youtube for you was the best ...after the bread of course

Kayte said...

Oh, that braid turned out perfectly...it is absolutely gorgeous! This was your first time to do that??? Wow...success the first time around. The inside looks great also. Out of the ballpark on this one, out of the ballpark!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

When my girls were in pipe bands, I had to learn to do flawless french braids. I mastered the art on their heads, but could not for the life of me braid my own hair. I love your six strand Christopsomos - your strands are so smooth and even. Thanks for the tips on leftovers - mine are in the freezer. I might make bread-and-butter pudding too...
Nancy

Kerstin said...

It's gorgeous - I'm so impressed! My mom kept my hair short when I was younger, but I was also jealous of the girls that had French braids.

Di said...

Looks great, Caitlin! I did a braid as well, but only three strands. And mine also took up the entire diagonal of my sheet pan. Quite impressive. I'll have to try the six-strand braid at some point--the most I've done is four. I've had lots of practice braiding hair, though--my own when I was younger and had longer hair, and now Brianna's. Jamie's pretty hopeless with the girls' hair, though. =)

pinkstripes said...

OMG. You are my hero! It looks fantastic. I may try it when we get to challah.

natalia said...

Ciao Caitlin !!! What a great braid ! I'm so late with every blog thing so even with this bread !!! Your post was very nice ! My father was the cook in our family too and my mother was (is) so bad she would buy us pizza or supplì http://tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:GqI_GkL2RqIg7M:http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2967051518_cce089ca62.jpg (Rice dumplings ) !!

Madam Chow said...

YES!!! I had the same experience - the bread was . . . I have to search for the correct word . . . ginormous. My husband's eyes bugged out when he saw it.

Pamela said...

Plain and simple, that bread is absolutely stunning!

PheMom said...

The loaf looks beautiful though! What a good guy to help with the video too.

Amber Marie said...

Such a pretty braid! Looks amazing...makes me want to braid and bake a monster loaf though it's a little daunting.

Katrina said...

Gorgeous bread. Great stories.

berrybushel said...

That bread is beautiful! ...and the boy gets major points for the pausing and playing of the youtube video ;)

Flourchild said...

Wow what a lovely bread. Thanks for your comment on the Cherry pie. YOu really should try it. That topping is over the top good! I hope to see you for TWD this week.

Erin said...

Looks super tasty and an amazing job braiding.

What exactly is BBA? So far I've figured out that it is about baking, folks are twittering about it, making breads and bagels and whatnot. I thought your post might have a tag or link or explanation but I'm in the dark. What's up?

rainbowbrown said...

I used to practice 4+ strand braids with scarves on the floor. You look a little crazed, but it's fun. Your six-strand looks perfect.

coffeegrounded said...

I have a secret to reveal:

I never braided my daughters' hair...I didn't know how. I didn't beat myself up too badly though, I learned that side pony tail and how to make bows to match each and every outfit they wore.

:O

I love you bread. It's absolutely beautiful!

Jaime said...

wow that is just beautiful!

Jessica said...

That braid of bread is just gorgeous! I just made this bread yesterday and it was delicious but not even close to as pretty as yours. Good job!

Jacque said...

A 6-stranded braid? I never knew such a beast existed. Ha, let dad try that one, LOL (bless his heart).

Your bread looks FAB! How cool, I love the braid too. You could win a county fair with that one :)

Nico said...

Hi, I like the way you shaped it. very nice
good luck with bagels, they are really good

Judy said...

Looks delicious -- wonderful baking! I love braiding, hair or bread, either one is fun.

twoskinnyjenkins said...

Beautiful Artos - i am looking forward to your bagels! happy baking!

breadchick said...

Caitlin,

The dough was a monster. Someone at the office thought I had brought a turkey in because from the distance it looked like that.

I'm glad you enjoyed this bread. It was a fun dough to work with.

eggsonsunday said...

I love your six-strand braid, Caitlin! You're right, it *was* a monster loaf, and a delicious one at that.

My grandma used to braid my hair so tightly, they would stick out from my head - kind of like Pippi Longstocking... :)

Tracey said...

That braid is seriously impressive! How nice of your boyfriend to help :)

The Bahens said...

I think that might be the most beautiful loaf of bread I've ever seen! No joke!

Amanda said...

I love the braid it looks phenomenal! I'm making this today, hope it comes out as good as yours :)

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