Cathedra Petri (St. Peter's Chair) in the Vatican, Photo by Dnalor-01 from Wikimedia Commons, used under license CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Tomorrow, February 22nd, is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter: we celebrate the primacy of St. Peter as the first Pope. The feast is of even greater significance to us personally as our church is an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, rendering it one of our patronal feasts.
We use this recipe from King Arthur, and it has become one of Lydia's specialties. As written, one recipe makes two large braids, but she makes a recipe and a half so that there are some smaller braids to share as well. She follows the recipe, noting that sour cream can be used if you don't have any yogurt on hand. One eight once package of cream cheese makes a nice generous amount of cheese filling for one recipe. Lydia uses Ina Garten's lemon curd recipe found here.This recipe makes a lot of lemon curd, plenty for the breads with a lot leftover. This is not a problem, as we don't think it's possible to ever have too much lemon curd. ;-) We plan to save the extra and make Lemon Curd Thumb Prints next Sunday (just use the curd instead of jam).
Enjoy a blessed feast day tomorrow!
O God, who by delivering to Thy blessed Apostle Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven, didst confer upon him the pontifical power of binding and of loosing, grant that, by the help of his intercession, we may be freed from the bonds of sin. -Collect, Feast of St. Peter's Chair