There are, in fact, 4 Jewish New-Years. The New Year of the Trees ('Tu be'Shvat) happens this week. As giving regular charity from ones produce and work-income is an integral concept, this date delineates this years tithe from last years. It is customary to eat fruit in honor of the New Year.
This is a wonderful and delicious bread. We almost polished it off in one sitting. However, it is so good it would be a shame not to share it. I only wish I had doubled the recipe.
Omi-girl was with me for moral support.
Soaking dried fruit before baking it in bread always helps.
Now they are nice and soft.
Did not have walnuts so I used pecans. I used a little more pecans and apricots than the recipe called for.
Since I was mixing by hand I first mixed the dry ingredients together with the biga before adding the water, to make it easier.
Ready for the first rise.
Three rises and ready to bake.
I was able to bake this in a regular oven, since it is parve.
With a bissele shmear of margarine. Perfect!