This one is from www.diycozyhome.com, a website that offers amazing creative inspiration for both home and health. The bread caught my attention for its beautiful shape, the centre looking like swirling blooms, so pretty to look at. When I saw the post this morning, I was so inspired to make it.
The original recipe called ‘Holiday Bread’ was in Bulgarian and posted by Eva Toneva in her food styling and photography blog. For the love of this artistic bread, Maya at the foodivakitchen blog racked her brain cells to translate it to English and aptly renamed it Happy Bread. So a big THANK YOU to you, Maya, for doing domestic bakers like me an incredible favour.
I tweaked the method a bit, adding the olive oil later instead of kneading it together with the rest of the wet ingredients. – this is what I normally do when I make bread dough. Also, I sprinkled some sugar and cinnamon powder on top of the melted butter spread as we loves the wonderful aroma of cinnamon in bread (actually, who wouldn’t??).
So glad I tried. It’s not as impressive as the one Maya baked but pretty nevertheless (beauty is in the eye of the beholder…ha!). I know for sure it’s going to be a breakfast conversation piece tomorrow 😀
THANKS again, Maya, for so generously sharing the English version. You’re a wonderful translator (and baker) !
HAPPY CINNAMON BREAD
(adapted from http://foodivakitchen.blogspot.ro/2011/09/happy-bread.html)
2 teaspoons dry instant yeast
1 tablespoon honey
100ml warm milk
500g all-purpose flour or bread flour, plus extra for kneading and flouring
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
150 ml warm milk (extra) combined with ½ teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
100 g butter, melted and cooled
3 tablespoons castor or brown sugar + 1 tablespoon extra sugar for sprinkling (add more if you like your bread really sweet)
1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
6. Roll each piece of dough out into a roughly rectangular shape (about 7″x5″). Brush melted butter over each piece and sprinkle some sugar & cinnamon powder over it. Set aside remaining butter for later use (you will need it again after baking).
8. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 10″ or 11″ round spring-form baking pan. In the middle of the pan, arrange the cut ends of the rolls around each other to form a circle, placing the cut sides down. Arrange the cut triangles to completely surround the middle circle. Cover with towel and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for 50 mins.
9. Beat (F) lightly with a fork and brush top of the bread with the glaze. Bake bread for 30 minutes, reducing the temperature to 160C after 10 minutes in the oven.
9. Brush bread with melted butter as soon as it comes out of the oven and sprinkle the extra sugar over it. Remove from the pan and leave to cool for 10-15 minutes before eating.
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