Breads are gorgeous. Breads are beautiful.
Especially this one.
It’s technically not a braid nor is it a wreath, kind of wreath. It is round, but not studded on the outside with flowers or leaves. It’s just gorgeous whichever way you look at it.
And the light, it’s the light of the setting sun. All about almonds and walnuts and raw cane sugar and the amazing spice cinnamon and some butter.
It is always butter. Butter makes it all better. Let’s face it, I’ll do the quinoa and the millets and all green detox diet for a week to indulge in a bread like this. Also, you should know that cinnamon is way too good for your blood sugar.
You should too. Also I’m sharing the easiest mess free way to make a wreath bread.
You need canvas. Regular canvas just a half meter of it.
Purchase canvas from an art supplies store. Wash and sun dry the canvas and also iron it out once.
Lay it out on your work space, sprinkle some flour, and roll out to cover the enitre half meter of it.
You should keep lifting the dough a little to ensure it doesn’t stick to the canvas.
Now spread the butter and sprinkle the cinnamon, sugar and the nuts .
Lift the canvas gently from the longer side to allow the dough to roll.
Lift the canvas and keep rolling till the end.
With your bench scraper or a sharp knife, cut along the centre to expose the cut roll.
Grease your 23 cm ring or 9 inch springform tin.
Also line the bottom with parchment paper. It’s easier to clean that way. I love parchment paper even more than my night cream. Without fail, I’ll use it. Always.
Make it into a ring placing it in the spring form tin.
Also place within it a glass covered in parchment paper. I use a borosil glass. So the wreath works out so well.
And as soon as the bread comes out, sometimes I pour maple syrup instead of butter. It’s just tastier this way.
Now you just need to allow it to cool and then slice. The slices are sticky and absolutely gorgeous. So while Grey’s Anatomy had a resident baker ,the Good Wife is so not about food.
Are you not watching The Good Wife on Netflix? Alicia is just so inspiring. I’m so looking at the bread dough like it’s the prosecution going after a well crafted defence.
But the bread is good. You must try it out. Check out the recipe.
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta
- 2 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 egg optional( skip if you dont want to use it)
- 170-200 mils warm milk
- For the filling
- 50 gms butter
- 3-4 tbsp raw cane sugar/brown sugar/ caster sugar
- 4 tbsp chopped nuts
- 2 tbsp maple syrup/honey/butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon powdered
- Instant dry yeast doesnt need to be proofed
- Place the flours sugar and salt in a bowl. Add in the yeast and oil and egg if you are using it.
- Milk and egg add protein to the dough. Adding structure to the dough and making it softer and stronger.
- Knead th edough using as much of the warm milk as you would need. Work the dough on your worktop at least 10 minutes ,that allows for you to roll out the dough thin to give more layers.
- Shape into a ball tucking stray ends under and place in an oiled bowl.
- Cover and set aside till double.
- Open out the canvas,sprinkle with dry flour.
- Punch the dough and degas it.
- Place on the floured canvas and roll out to cover it all up.
- Pread the butter on the dough.
- Sprinkle the sugar anc the nuts and cinnamon powder
- Now using the canvas as a guide, roll the dough into a tight roll alongt he long side.
- Prep a springform tin. Or a cake ring 9 inches wide.
- Cut the roll into half witht he bench scraper.
- Lift one half of the roll over the other hlf till you reach the end. Pinch the ends.
- Carefully lift the rope and place withint he tin as a wreath.
- Tuck loose ends under.
- Place a paper lined glass within to ensure wreath doesnt spreda in the centre.
- Set aside 20 minutes. Turn on the oven to preheat 180c.
- After 15 minutes ,place the bread within the centre of the oven,to bake for 35-45 minutes.
- Once done, you’ll come to know when the aromas of Cinnamon,nuts and sugar start wafting.
- Also the bread comes away from the glass and the tin.
- Remove from the oven and pour over the maple syrup or honey or butter.
- You do it instantly. Thats when the bread absorbs the syrup best.
- Cool 10 minutes and remove the glass and tin and then place on a wire rack. Allow to cool.
- Slice and serve.