Sunday, 30 September 2012
Cinnamon swirl loaf
Argghh, everything getting on top of me since coming back from holiday, have not been able to bake much , let along blog about it. A broken washing machine and flooded kitchen meant I could not get to my oven even if I wanted to. Still I have a couple of things I made before my holidays so now seems a good time to tell you about them.
One of them is a yummy cinnamon swirl loaf.
This is another recipe from The Great British bake off: how to turn everyday bakes into showstoppers.
This is a yummy bread that is good by itself, toasted and, my personal favourite, toasted and topped with sliced banana. It is perfect for breakfast but just as good as that got in from work snack before dinner!
It is not too difficult to make and just requires a little forward planning to allow the bread to rise.
Cinnamon swirl loaf
Makes one loaf
500g white bread flour
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsps caster sugar
7g sachet fast action yeast or 15g fresh yeast (I actually used the dried stuff that needs activating to no ill affect)
1 large egg at room temperature
For the filling
50g caster sugar
tsp plain flour
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
Mix together the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl, if using dried yeast stir it in. If using fresh yeast stir it into 7 tablespoons of the measured milk.
Gently heat the milk (either all or the remaining) with 125ml water and the butter until lukewarm an the butter melted. Remove from the heat and beat in the egg with a fork until combined, add to the flour mix, along with the fresh yeast if using.
Work the ingredients together with an electric mixer on low until a soft dough is formed. Turn on to a ightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and pliable. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with cligfilm, leave to rise in a warm place for an hour or so until double in size.
To prepare the tin, cut strip of baking paper the same width of your tin and long enough to cover the two short sides. Lightly grease the tin and then line with the paper.
Punch down the dough then pat into a rectangle about 2 cm thick, cover with clingfilm and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
Roll out the dough to a rectangle as wide as the length of your tin and 48cm long. Keep the sides as straight as you can.
Brush the dough liberally with milk, mix the filling ingredients and sprinkle evenly over the dough leaving a 1cm border at one short end.
Roll up the dough nice and tightly from the short end without the clear border, pinch the seam to seal it.
Lift the rolled dough into the tin, folding the ends under to make it neat.
Slip the dough into a plastic bag, inflate the bag slightly then tie the ends. Leave the loaf for about an hour again until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C FAN. Take the dough from the bag and brush with milk. Bake in the preheated oven for ~35 minutes until golden brown, It should sound hollow when tapped on the base. If it does not sound hollow return to the oven (straight on shelf not back in the tin) for a further 5 minutes.
Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and rub with a knob of butter to create a shiny top.
This bread will last up to 5 days in an airtight tin, ours did not make it past day 3!