"You look surprised. I thought you expected me."
This bread is a Russian Easter bread, traditionally in a tall cylindrical shape à la this:
I got this picture from Rusamerica.net. It's accompanied by a recipe that is a little different from the one that I used.
I had to zest more fruit for this recipe. 2 oranges and 2 lemons. And while it smells fantastic, I have realized that I don't particularly like cooked orange and lemon zest.
"Ah, the old game: give a wolf a taste and then leave him hungry. My friend, she's got you dangling."
My kitchen smelled all cakey because of the vanilla extract.
This dough didn't go exactly the way I expected, since it was supposed to be a cakey bread and I didn't know that.
The recipe said to line 2 flowerpots or pans and since I have no flowerpots I had to kind of guess what kind of pan he was looking for.
Obviously, this doesn't look at all like the one at the top. I did a search and found one picture of a loaf style one that looked kind of like mine.
It tasted ok, but I will never make this again. I think it's mostly the cooked zest.
This video features a former teacher of mine, Galina Panova, dancing at the Oscars. She's from Russia and I love her dancing!
"Be still! Ahh... back to the saltmines!"
All quotes from "From Russia with Love".