Sunday, June 20, 2010

Throwdown #1 Lemon Braided Bread

A few weeks back, Matt and I were discussing what sounded good to eat on a cold Sunday. After tossing out a few ideas, we ultimately decided on two variations on a tart. A little smack talking later and Matt suggested that we invite the family and have a good ol' Throwdown. You know, a Throwdown a la Bobby Flay of the Food Network? So, to make a long story short, the fam loved the idea and we decided to set up several Throwdown competitions over the course of the summer.
First up, breakfast foods. I immediately knew what dish I would bring. I had some leftover lemon curd in the fridge, so I thought I would try my hand at the Lemon Braided Bread over at the Smitten Kitchen. Deb never lets me down, so despite the fact I had never made the recipe, I went for it. The results were delicious and the presentation was exactly what I hoped for. I didn't make any changes to the dough recipe, but the lemon curd came straight from Martha. Although I have not manned up and tried other lemon curd recipes, I don't know how you could beat Martha's. It is the perfect combination of tart and sweet and it paired really nicely with the cream cheese and sweet dough.
After the votes were counted, Matt and I came out on top with a tie. We are a force to be reckoned with and the family better keep one eye open!!


  1. The Lemon Braid was really tasty! The Throwdown idea was a good one and we will have an exciting summer tasting a lot of good food! Just a warning to everyone: Tyler & I didn't participate in the Breakfast category...we may have something up our sleeves!!! So blessed to have such a wonderful family...thanks to each of you & I love you all!

  2. I've never heard of lemon bread, will have to give it a shot. The photo is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. I just happened upon your blog. Love your interesting recipes.

  4. oh god i could really use a cold sunday! it's been 90+ here for over a week and the 10 day forecast doesn't get any better. Your lemon braided bread looks awesome too, by the way.