Hi everyone! I have been on holiday for nearly two weeks now and I have been taking advantage of the free time. I have been cooking and baking up a storm and learning new things. One of the goodies I made was this twist bread. I have always admired these kinds of breads and marveled at how beautiful they look. I never dared to try making one because I thought it would be too hard and I thought that making the twist would make a mess. I can be a bit clumsy! But I was feeling rather brave the other day and I decided to make one for the Sunday brunch! That day, I was reminded not to avoid something because it appears difficult. Challenges are good and they serve to helps us learn and to surprise ourselves! this recipe was not hard and the result was glorious, and this is coming from someone who is not wild about sweets! My husband said that he could not buy anything better in a bakery. Ok…maybe that is an exageration but there is the sign of true love for you! Do try this and you won´t be disappointed!
430 g baking flour
7 g dry yeast
20 g sugar
50 g butter (Cold and cut into cubes)
1/2 teaspoon salt
180 g milk
Filling: 1 jar of Nutella
Extra: 1 beaten egg or milk to brush over the bread just before popping it into the oven.
Heat the milk with the butter, sugar and salt until the butter has completely melted. Stir. Don´t let it come to a boil! Remove from the heat and add the egg. Beat well.
In a large bowl, mix the flour with the yeast. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix with a fork and as soon as the mixture comes together, use your hands to knead. Turn the mixture over onto a lightly floured work surface and start kneading for a few minutes. The mixture will form a ball fairly quickly and it will be smooth and a bit stretchy.
Lightly grease a bowl with sunflower oil or butter if you prefer and place the ball in it. Cover with a tea towel and let it rise for an hour. After the hour has passed, lightly flour your work surface once more and using a rolling pin, roll out a rectangle that is more or less 45 cm by 30 cm.
Something important to remember here. Don´t obsess about the dimensions or if it is a perfect rectangle or not. See mine? It is perfect? No, but it still worked out fine!
Using a spatula, spread the Nutella thinly over the dough but leave a border at the edges bare. When you are finished, starting from one horizontal end, begin frimly rolling the dough.
Cut the roll in half. Leaving a 2 to 3 cm margin, start twisting the two halves. This sounds hard and it may make you nervous thinking that one of the halves will fall apart but don´t worry. they won´t. And even if by chance they break a bit, it does not affect the overall appearance. When you are finished, place the twist on a piece of parchment paper. I had run out of parchment paper that day, so I lightly greased a piece of foil and it worked out well.
I found that my twist was a bit too long for my baking tray. So, I just put my hands on each end and gave it a good squeeze. Problem solved.
Cover the twist with a tea towel and let it restfor about 20 minutes.Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Brush the twist with a beaten egg or milk and bake for 20 minutes. If you see the top getting brown sooner than you expect, don´t panic. Just loosely place a sheet of foil on top.
Serve warm and enjoy! xxxx Natascha