I say kamish bread, you say mandelbrot


If you can bake something and freeze it and not eat it until the holidays – here’s the recipe for you.  They are also mighty tasty frozen – which is the problem.  It’s the only thing I like to bake even though the double-baking component means it’s time-consuming.   

But even more than the time it takes to bake and bake again is the time it takes to figure out if it’s Mandelbrot or Kamish Bread.  I never heard the term mandelbrot until I moved to the Midwest.  And here, no one knew what Kamish Bread was.  They do now because I bake it and take it everywhere I go, at least on holidays. 

Mandelbrot seems to be the term of choice, although after some research I found one reference on the World Wide Web to Kamish Bread – which means – almost bread – and makes perfect sense to me, unlike Mandel which means almond and brot which means bread – especially when there is nothing almond in my main recipe.

Chocolate Chip Kamish Bread 

¾ cup sugar

1 cup oil

4 eggs

3-4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

Mini chocolate chips  

Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, oil and eggs.  Add the sifted flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, and mix well.  If you leave out the vanilla, your kamish bread will have no taste.  A little bit of vanilla packs a powerful punch.  Take my word for it.  Don’t forget the baking powder either.  The loaves still bake, but they don’t rise at all and the taste is flat.  Take my word for this too.   

Add the chocolate chips until there are enough, but not too many.  

Mixture should be very thick and sticky. Shape into two loaves and place on either side of a cookie sheet.  

Bake at 325F for 30-35 minutes and then remove from oven.  Cut into slices while still warm and return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes, or until slices are light brown. 

You can also substitute one of the teaspoons of vanilla for almond extract and add dried fruit and/or nuts.  Dried cranberries and walnuts are a good combo, since I know you were wondering.  You can also roll the loaves in cinnamon and sugar before baking. 

You can also buy Kamish bread at a bakery, but ask for Mandelbrot no matter what flavor you favor, or no one will know what you’re talking about. 

And no, it’s not the same thing as Biscotti.


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