German Easter Bread (Osterbrot)

German OsterbrotI’m on dangerous ground.  Messing around with family recipes dating back at least 4 generations can be a sure way to find disaster and disappointment. But something had to be done.

For as long as I can remember, my grandma, my mom’s mom, made Easter bread each Easter.  A lemony, almond-swirled sweet loaf: the perfect dessert after a big Easter Sunday meal.  It’s a lovely tradition and a happy memory.  Towards the end of her life, and after she passed away a few years ago, the responsibility of baking the Easter bread has been handed over to me. And this is where the problems began.

German Osterbrot

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Kohlrabi and Watercress Salad

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