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? For the full recipe and instructions, click here.
Time slipped away without me noticing this month so I’ve been baking like mad over the past 48hrs, with my 6 month old baby at arms reach. I made 5 versions of this challenge and went a bit free-style towards the end.
1. Fairtrade Za’atar & Dark Tahini Star
To celebrate Fairtrade fortnight, I made a savoury bread using my favourite fairtrade cooking ingredients. These two are my store-cupboard essentials and are absolutely delicious! Unfortunately I was having so much fun feeding cauliflower + spinach puree (with a pinch of za’atar) to baby, that I forgot about the bread in the oven. It ended up dry, but tasted good dunked in soup.
2. Breakfast Spread Flower
When you have a baby, little things like spreading jam on toast can become quite tricky. So, wouldn’t it be great to have bread that already has jam incorporated within it? I slathered the layers with raspberry jam and lemon curd. The sweet spreads oozed out in the oven and created a sticky finish. Again, I over baked this so managed to singe the petals.
Day 2 of baking – I wanted to achieve a bold contrast between each layer so I flavoured my dough with cocoa and pimenton, and used these with a plain dough.
3. Cocoa Cinnamon Sunshine
Keeping baby happy by retrieving her rubber giraffe that she throws on the floor every 2 minutes, whilst baking, is a recipe for authentic looking solar flares. However, it was supposed to be a flower but doesn’t look much like one, hence the re-name.
4. Chili Chocolate Biscuit Mess
When baby decides that the day begins at 5am, Lotus caramelised biscuit spread is perfect for making those early breakfasts a little sweeter. I wasn’t too sure what I created here, I started off with a rectangle which I cut into 4 triangles. Bit of twisting, rolling, pinching and the geometric shapes are transformed – Tear & Share Dali-esque Brutalism.
5. Nutella Ball-of-String
By now, baby was really losing patience so I resorted to giving her a Toast Womenswear catalogue to play with, which she ended up chewing. This was a nice easy fast one – 4 layers of dough with Nutella slashed, rolled & curled into a ball.
And here’s a photo of the cheeky monkey in action…