Snow also makes for pretty pictures.
Although I've been dreading jumping back on the Daring Bakers bandwagon (I know I say this every month but those recipes intimidate the heck out of me!), I had no excuse. And I am so glad I gave it a shot.
Beauty surrounded the Daring Bakers this month as our host, Sawsan, of Chef in
Disguise, challenged us to make beautiful, filled breads. Who knew breads could look as great as they taste?
1/4 cup (60 ml) warm water
3/4 cup (180 ml) warm milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup (60 ml) (60 gm) (2 oz) butter, softened
1/4 cup (60 ml) (50 gm) (1-3/4 oz) white sugar
1/2 teaspoon (3 gm) salt
3-1/4 cups (780 ml) (450 gm) (16 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
2 teaspoons (10 ml) (8 gm) dry yeast
1/4 cup (60 ml) of milk
1 tablespoon (15 gm) (1/2 oz) sugar
Between the layers
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) (1/4 cup) (60 ml) (60 gm) (2 oz) butter
4 tablespoons (60 ml) (25 gm) (1 oz) cinnamon
1/2 cup (120 ml) (100 gm) (3-1/2 oz) sugar
1 can (400 gm) (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1. In a bowl whisk the egg with milk, water, sugar, butter and yeast. Set aside
2. In another bowl sift the flour with the salt.
3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and knead until you get a smooth dough. . Place it in an oiled bowl, cover with a wet cloth and leave in a warm place until doubled in size (about 45-60 min.)
5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface
6. Divide the dough into 4 parts
7. Roll each part into a circle at least 20 cm (8 inch) in diameter
8. Brush the first layer with butter then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon
9. Place the second layer on the first layer repeat the brushing and sprinkling and then do the same with the third layer.
10. Top with the fourth layer, this time only brush it with butter.
11. Use a sharp knife make cuts that divide the dough circles into 8 separate triangles
12. Make gashes in the middle of each triangle.
13. Take the tip of each triangle and insert it into the cut you made and pull it from the underside.
14. Arrange the triangles on a baking sheet or in a round pan.
15. Pinch the two angles at the base of the triangle together.
Note: If you would like to add the little bread coil in the center simply roll a piece of dough into a rope then form it into a little coil and place it in the center where the heads of the triangles meet.
16. Brush the dough with milk or butter.
17. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes while preheating oven to 500°F.
18. Bake for 5 minutes on very hot 500°F, then lower the temperature to 400°F and bake for 15-20 more minutes.
19. Take it out of the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rick and drizzle with sweetened condensed milk while it is still warm.