I don’t often make fresh bread at home but when I do it doesn’t last long. An incredibly warm and comforting smell fills the house when it comes out of the oven—it draws everyone to the kitchen wanting a slice before it is even cooled. This bread is super soft, with warm, sweet flavors and is a beautiful treat to offer for breakfast, brunch or just as a snack.
I often serve it with real butter and homemade jelly, but it tastes great as a snack on its own. Cloves have an intense flavor, so I am only using a teaspoon of it in this recipe. This bittersweet spice adds warmth and creates this pleasant and comforting smell. When paired with a citrus fruit like orange and a small amount of maple syrup, it uniquely becomes more sweet and aromatic. This bread has almost all the aroma of a warm mulled wine!
Wrap the loaf of bread in wax paper, unbleached parchment paper or store it in a brown bag—it will stay soft up to 3 or 4 days. I only slice a piece when consumed immediately. You can toast slices that have become harder.
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