This is the last week before my crazy life as a grad student starts up again. So I’ve been going on a baking and cooking frenzy. I made this banana bread earlier this week. So glad I did. I’ve been enjoying a slice at breakfast… or as a mid afternoon snack… or both!
I love having fresh bread to go with meals or in sandwiches. Being on your own means it takes a LOT longer to finish a whole loaf. So I often find myself faced with the agonizing decision of what to do with the whole loaf before it changes into a multicolored piece of art.
There is an Italian restaurant at home that my family always went to growing up. Their Caesar salad is divine and they have an unbelievable pasta dish: porcini mushroom tortellini with a mushroom cream sauce. In addition to their amazing main dishes, this restaurant also serves homemade focaccia bread at the beginning of every meal. It is dense, salty, and perfectly seasoned.
The first time I made this recipe I was in college when my friends and I made Easter dinner together. It is a braided swiss white bread. I loved how soft and dense the bread is and also how beautiful it looks with the braid! Not to mention, your entire house smells heavenly from baking it!!
I was lucky enough to get this recipe from my wonderful friend Laura… and I think about her every time I make it — Thanks La!! Her family absolutely loves bread… and cheese (I think that’s part of the reason we get along so well!). To me, they are the experts on both. I can’t remember a time going to their home in Wisconsin and not eating fresh baked bread from their oven.
White chocolate and raspberries are amazing when used together in cooking. This recipe is a test run… It’s the first time I’ve made it and I’m definitely learning as I go! And it actually came out pretty good! To get started, I used a recipe for cinnamon swirl I found on Cooks Illustrated website. From there… I changed LOTS around to achieve the decadent white chocolate and raspberry swirl.
So I know that most of us have heard the “cut back on carbs” commands to eat healthy and lose weight. But let’s be honest… there is NO way I can part with bread. It is the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of warm chicken noodle soup, the solution to a plate of pasta with a delicious red sauce begging to be mopped up, or a soft buttery place for your fried eggs to land on before being devoured.