With Christmas swiftly approaching I have been keeping an eye out for some Christmas appropriate recipes to start baking. When I saw a picture for braided Nutella bread last week my immediate thought was to wonder whether it would work if I tried it with cinnamon instead. Despite looking complicated and impressive, this twisted bread is surprisingly easy to make. Unfortunately my partner ate a huge chunk of it before I could get a picture of the whole thing!! It passed his test which is always a necessity to get posted in my blog!
The dough can either be made by hand or in a bread machine and I’m sure that any sweet roll bread dough recipe would work. I haven’t given specific measures of the cinnamon mixture as I find the amount desired varies from person to person. As a rough guide I probably used about 3 tsp of sugar sprinkled across each layer. As our flat is like living in an igloo (no exaggeration), to allow the bread to rise I turned the oven on 200 degrees Celsius for a minute or two before turning it off creating a warm environment for it to rise within. I served this warm drizzled with a small amount of vanilla icing (icing sugar, milk and vanilla essence).
- 2½ cups plain flour
- 3 tsp dry yeast
- 3 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 egg
- Cinnamon to sprinkle
- Sugar To sprinkle
- Melted butter
- Mix flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a bowl
- Heat milk, water and butter in a microwave until hot to touch and butter is melted
- Stir milk mixture into dry ingredients and add egg. Mix until combined and a dough begins to form.
- Using hands, knead the dough for about four minutes until elastic.
- Separate into three equal sections and leave to rest for about five minutes.
- Roll out a circular sheet of dough to fit a baking tray. Brush sheet with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.
- Roll out the second sheet, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- Roll out the third sheet and cover the other two layers without putting any toppings on it.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 16 equal sections, leaving a circle in the middle which is uncut. The best way to do this is first to cut quarters, then 8ths then 16ths
- Cut the dough into 16 equal sections
- Hold two sections and twist inwards towards each other. The top layer should now be at the bottom.
- Twist the sections to create a star shape
- Continue twisting sections for the whole bread to create the star shape.
- Repeat, making additional outer stars until you aren't able to twist any more.
- Allow dough to rise in a warm environment for an hour.
- When risen, place bread in a hot oven 180 degrees Celsius and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on top.
- Best served warm and drizzled with vanilla icing.