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?
Yup! I was the host of this month’s daring bakers challenge and it could not have come at a better time. This month my blog turns 3 and what better way to celebrate the occasion that doing it with homemade bread?
As many of you may already know,I have a deep passion for baking. One of my favorite baking projects is to make bread from scratch. I find it very comforting, almost therapeutic. Watching yeast bubble with excitement as it gets ready to help you make bread magic. Kneading the dough and feeling it transform under your finger tips from a lumpy mess into a silky smooth ball. Watching the dough rise. Punching it down and then forming it into whatever shape you want. A wonderful creative vent, all up to you and your imagination.
When it was time to choose this month’s challenge I just knew it had to be bread, but regular bread wouldn’t do! It is a DARING bakers challenge after all! It had to be a challenge that took bread making a step further. I put my thinking cap on and I came up with this
A challenge inspired by the work of Valentina Zurkan, if you have never heard of her, google the name and I promise, you will be blown away!! I gave the daring bakers two bread forms to choose from,the nutella twists that I am sharing with you today and my cinnamon sweet bread which I posted to celebrate my blog’s one year anniversary
Flavors and fillings: The beauty of this bread is that you can use any filling that you like, savory or sweet. In the savory category you may want to try herbs, spice mixes like zaatar, grated cheese or any other strong flavored savory filling that appeals to you. If you would rather try a sweet version, try cinnamon, coco powder, Nutella, falvored butter, marzipan, the possibilities are endless.
The dough: For sweet fillings I use the dough recipe provided here. For savory ones I use this dough. Both recipes work well for the twists required in this challenge but if you have another dough recipe you are comfortable with, you can use it.
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup (240 ml) vegetable oil
- 1 cup (240 ml) warm water
- 3 tablespoons (45 ml) lukewarm water