Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Semolina Fennel Cranberry Bread (with pine nuts)

Happy Bloggiversarry to Leahsleavenedbread! One year ago I started my blog on a whim. I took pictures of whoever was around and chose a domain and a blog name. Today the friend that was in that first picture is my fiance (in two and a half weeks he'll be my husband!), and I have made enough money on adsense to buy myself at least three cups of coffee. Success!

My grandmother and uncle are arriving on Monday, my father, future in-laws and sister and family arrive a week later for our wedding. This can only mean one thing- time to bake some bread! Lots of people eat lots of bread= I should make lots of bread.

This bread has been on my recipe "to do" for months now. When I was in New York last September a friend told me that I had to get to this bakery in Manhattan for the best loaf of bread she has ever had. Unfortunately the bakery is not Kosher, so I looked for a similiar recipe so I could make it at home. Susan at Wildyeast has an amazing, detailed recipe that I used. The bread was really easy to make, and delicious! I highly recommend trying it out- and if you live in my area give me a holler and you can come get some sourdough starter so you can make it too!

The recipe can be found here. I substituted cranberries for the currents, quartered the recipe, and shaped the bread into a batard instead of a baguette.

The dough rising in the bowl

One loaf, ready to pop in the oven!


  1. Let the person featured on your first post make the first comment on this bloggiversarry one! Amazing bread, and can't wait to have some for the rest of our lives. Keep up the amazing job.

  2. The friend in the first blog photo is your now your best friend....for life. I LOVE happy bloggiversaries....and happy endings!!
    hugz from your cousin, Lynne

  3. Happy belated blog anniversary leah, keep up the good work!

    THis bread with semolina, fennel and cranberry sounds really delicious~

  4. Wow! The Semolina bread looks delicious....we are ticketed to fly to Israel tomorrow for a very exciting occasion....we expect to taste a little of the bread too!! Love B&Z