Duck Egg Braid Bread

| 11/2/2018 11:20:00 AM

duck egg braid bread

So, I have this duck. Long story short, last August I sent my husband down to the neighbors’ house to deliver some homemade bagels, fresh from the oven. The next thing I knew, they rode up here to return the favor by giving Fletcher and Emery two Pekin ducklings to raise. Now, this usually gets a chuckle when I tell this story, but doesn’t everyone trade bagels for ducklings?

As they grew, we discovered that we had one duck and one drake, and they were inseparable. They waddled their way all over the property, but their favorite spot was always on the front porch. There, they patiently waited for us to feed the cats, so they could chase the cats away and devour all the food in the bowls (they’re kinda bossy like that).  

Sadly, one morning we discovered a spot by the pine tree covered in white feathers, and the drake was missing. The duck was huddled by the barn door, waiting for us. And I swear to you, she went through a mourning period, searching for her brother for a few days until she seemed to acknowledge that he was gone for good.

Since then, the duck, or Pretty Girl as we affectionately call her, has become accustomed to being the only duck on the farm. (Actually, I think she’s got a bit of a princess syndrome.) She still quacks from the front porch to wake us up to feed the cats every morning. She follows me every time I do chores, gently grabbing my pant legs with her bill so that I will pay her some attention. She likes to be talked to and held, but I had to give that up because she’d squirt down my leg every … single …  time.

We were thrilled when Pretty Girl started laying eggs. I had no idea that Pekin ducks were such good layers, as she has consistently produced one egg a day since she matured. Now, she may hide the eggs (like that one time I found five eggs under the slide on the kids’ playset … they had, uh, been there for a while), but for the most part, Pretty Girl lays in the loose hay in the corner of the barn. Since this breed of duck is usually raised for meat and, and I’ve raised Pekins for that purpose before, I have always had them processed before the girls begin to lay. So, it has been a pleasant surprise and a challenge to find recipes to utilize duck eggs.

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