Birebrot — It’s not Kleenex

Post by blogger | June 9, 2016      

A little throwback Thursday for all you spring (or early winter, if you’re in the south) skiers out there.

Birebrot, a favorite recipe that my Swiss cousin adapted for a bread maker. Before you complain that this ski touring website has turned into a recipe publication, let me repeat the words of Julia Child: “how can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” We are the ski touring nation and our bread will taste, good.


1-1/2 lbs dried pears
4 oz dried figs
2 oz prunes
1/2 lbs raisins
Spice mix (made from 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp cardamom)

Cut all fruit in small pieces, put in large bowl, and add the spice mix. Add 2 cl (shot glass) Kirsch Wasser, add 1 1/2 cup water, mix all ingredients well. Let sit over night. The water and Kirsch will be absorbed, making the fruit bits nice and moist. Make a batch of bread dough in your bread maker (recipe follows).

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare two regular size bread pans with cooking spray. With your hands, mix the fruit and bread dough until well combined. Divide in two batches, fill bread pans. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the top of loaf is darkish brown. The Birebrot will stay fresh for 1-2 weeks when wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in the refrigerator.

Bread Dough

All ingredients at room temperature, except milk.
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2-3/4 cups bread flour
2 tsp active dry yeast
Measure all ingredients into bread pan. Select dough setting.

En Guete!


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3 Responses to “Birebrot — It’s not Kleenex”

  1. Oliver February 23rd, 2006 1:11 am

    My Swiss heart beats faster when I see those good Swiss recipes. Finding some good bread in the US is definitely a task. In the last few years it improved quite a bit though. The best in the Denver area you will find at Udi’s. ( Try the filone.

  2. Jim Knight June 9th, 2016 10:06 am

    Thanks Lisa! Keep ’em coming. Grand adventures demand great tasting fuel.

  3. Jim Milstein June 10th, 2016 7:16 am

    Please note, Lisa, that putting bread in the reefer makes it stale faster, not slower. Better to leave the bread at room temperature, where it molds faster, but it probably won’t mold at all.

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