Baking Bread from starch is an art.. To make this art more creative and beautiful, Sawsan of Chefindisguise, had challenged Daring Bakers with two beautiful breads recipes from starch. Thanks Sawsan, I really enjoyed making this bread.
The bread recipe given below is a foolproof one, even with out eggs it worked fine. You can change the filling according to choice and be more creative to form different shapes.
Preparation time: 20 ~ 30 minutes (including kneading and rolling, forming the bread)
3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and knead until you get a smooth dough.
12. Using a knife make cuts that divide the dough circles into 8 triangles
13. Make cuts that go ⅔ of the way in the middle of each triangle. The cuts should not reach the base of the triangle nor the tip as you can see in the picture.
14. Take the tip of each triangle and insert it into the cut you made and pull it from the underside. Arrange the triangles on your baking sheet.
15. Pinch the two angles at the base of the triangle together. It will look as shown in picture.
Cinnamon sweet breadPreparation time: 20 ~ 30 minutes (including kneading and rolling, forming the bread)Proofing time: 1 ~ 1 ½ hours ( it took an hour for me)Resting time: 15 minutesBaking time: 20 ~ 30 minutes ( depends on the oven setting)Yield: 8 nosWet Ingredients:¼ cup (60 ml) warm water¾ cup (180 ml) warm milk1 large egg (or) ¼ (60 ml) cup yogurt¼ cup (60 ml) (60 gm) (2 oz) butter, softened¼ cup (60 ml) (50 gm) (1-¾ oz) white sugar2 teaspoons (10 ml) (8 gm) dry yeastDry Ingredients:3-¼ cups (780 ml) (450 gm) (16 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour, approximately½ teaspoon (3 gm) salt¼ teaspoon (1 gm) cardamom, optionalFor topping:¼ cup (60 ml) of milk1 tablespoon (15 gm) (½ oz) sugarBetween the layers:½ stick (4 tablespoons) (¼ cup) (60 ml) (60 gm) (2 oz) butter4 tablespoons (60 ml) (25 gm) (1 oz) cinnamon½ cup (120 ml) (100 gm) (3-½ oz) sugarFor drizzling:1 can (400 gm) (14 oz) sweetened condensed milkMethod:Preparation: For Dough:1. In a bowl whisk the egg or curd with milk, water, sugar, butter and yeast ( wet ingredients). Set aside.2. In another bowl sift the flour with the salt and the optional cardamom.3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and knead until you get a smooth dough.Proofing:4. Place it in a greased bowl and cover it with a wet cloth and leave it in a warm place to double.(If you are tight on time you can heat your oven to 390°F/200°C then turn it off and place yourdough in a glass bowl and place it in the warm oven with the wet cloth covering the bowl)5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.Layering and Shaping the dough to flower shape rolls:6. Divide the dough into 4 parts. Roll each part into a circle at least 20 cm (8 inch) in diameter.7. Brush the first layer with butter then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.8. Place the second layer on the first layer repeat the brushing and sprinkling and then do the samewith the third layer.11. Top with the fourth layer, this time only brush it with butter.12. Using a knife make cuts that divide the dough circles into 8 triangles13. Make cuts that go ⅔ of the way in the middle of each triangle. The cuts should not reach the base of the triangle nor the tip as you can see in the picture.14. Take the tip of each triangle and insert it into the cut you made and pull it from the underside. Arrange the triangles on your baking sheet.15. Pinch the two angles at the base of the triangle together. It will look as shown in picture.16. you would like to add the little bread coil in the center simply roll a piece of dough into arope then form it into a little coil and place it in the center where the heads of the triangles meet. Brush the dough with milk( topping ingredients).17. Allow to rest for 15 minutes during which you would heat your oven to very hot500°F/240°C/gas mark 9 (rack in the middle). (Go for the hottest your oven will do).Baking:18. Bake for 5 minutes on very hot 500°F/240°C/gas mark 9, then lower the temperature tomoderately hot 400°F/200°C/gas mark 6 and bake for 15-20 more minutes (ovens do differ greatly, so the time may differ..what you want is to bake it until the under side is golden brown). If you have a broiler (grill) in your oven. Turn on the broiler (grill) for a couple of minutes until the bread is golden brown on top.
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. www.sarasyummybites.com Adapted From Chefindisguise.com for Daring Bakers