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Mar 082016
 
Leopard Print Bread

It’s 11 p.m. My bread dough is getting its final rise. It is then going to be baked into the Leopard Print Bread. Whether it bakes or not is another story. Living at altitude teaches you to expect the unexpected. And “if” it bakes well, it will be another hour before it can be sliced to showcase the cool leopard print.

Now, I am usually a last minute baker but this time I was not. I had baked my bread a while ago – in fact as soon as Shireen announced her theme for Bread Bakers, I knew I wanted to make the leopard print bread. And I got to work and even showed her a sneak peek of the bread while chatting.

Leopard Print Bread

So why am I baking the bread a few hours before scheduled posting! I call it getting old. You see when I made the bread the first time, I took a quick snap shot of it on my phone. I decided to take photos to later in the day and wrapped the bread and went out to finish my chores. I was really pleased with the bread. It looked great and tasted amazing. After I got back, I simply offered the bread as a snack to my teen and her friends who were delighted with the bread.

Leopard Print Bread

It was only after they finished the last crumb that I remembered “later” part of my work I still needed to do! I took no good Photos!

So now you know why the bread is yet to be baked and if I don’t have any decent photos to post by the time this goes live you know who to blame – your’s truly!

I thought I should share this, just in case you all think a food blogger’s life is all glamour and glory! We have more than a fair share of downs than ups but the love of food keeps us going!

Leopard Print Bread

PS :- It’s now 2 am and I am finally ready to publish photos! And hope to catch a few winks before I go meet my friend Abbe who invited me to bake Hamantaschen with her!

That brings me to this month’s theme with the Bread Bakers. It is sinful, sexy, smooth, rich, dark handsome chocolate! In any form! Oh what a Deee*li*cious theme offered by Shireen at Ruchik Randhap. I was inspired to make the Leopard print bread from this post on  Coco e Baunilha blog.

Let’s check what the bread bakers have come up with for this theme: –

Breads with Cocoa, Cacao or Carob in any form

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Breads with Cocoa, Cacao or Carob in any form

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

Leopard Print Bread

Leopard Print Bread

Divide Each colored dough into 2 XL portions , 5 small portions to make 7 dough balls of each dough. Roll out the XL chocolate one first, then roll it back as a jelly roll. Next roll out the XL charcoal one into an oval. Place the chocolate dough jelly roll inside the charcoal one. Then roll out the XL plain dough and place the chocolate filled charcoal roll inside and roll. Repeat with the next batch of XL dough and then the small dough balls.

Leopard Print Bread

Leopard Print Bread #Bread Bakers

Leopard Print Bread #Bread Bakers

Ingredients

  • 550 bread flour
  • 50 gm sugar
  • 1.5 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 C warm milk (118 *F)
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter melted
  • 1 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 capsules activated charcoal powder
  • 1tsp milk

Instructions

  1. Put bread flour, sugar, salt and yeast together in a stand mixer attached with a dough hook. Stir to combine then add milk and knead until dough comes together. Add butter to the dough and knead until the dough is soft and shiny. About 6 minutes to 8 minutes.
  2. Weigh the dough. Put aside 500 gms of plain dough in a covered bowl . Let it proof for an hour or until double in size.
  3. Now divide the rest of the dough into two portions. You should roughly have about 250 gms of dough for each portion.
  4. To one portion add the cocoa powder with milk and knead until the cocoa mixes in completely and the dough looks chocolatey in color.
  5. Put in a covered bowl to proof.
  6. To the other portion that's left, add the charcoal and the milk and knead until evenly dark. Put in a covered bowl to proof.
  7. When all the dough has risen, gently knead each of the dough back and then divide each color as follows:-
  8. For chocolate dough, divide into 38gmx2 (large) and 25gmx5 (small) balls...adjust to the final weight of the dough..
  9. For bamboo charcoal dough, divide into 36gmx2 (large) and 23gmx5 (small) balls... adjust to the final weight of the dough...
  10. Plain dough :- divide into balls of 2 balls of 100gm and 5 balls of 55 gms
  11. Chocolate dough :- divide into 2 balls of 38gm and 5 balls of 25gm
  12. Charcoal Dough :- divide into 2 balls of 38 gms and 5 balls of 25 gms
  13. for all the doughs adjust weight of the dough balls as per final weight of the dough.
  14. Using a rolling pin, roll out the cocoa dough balls staring with the large ones. Roll into oval shape. Now roll it like you would a swiss roll. Place under a damp kitchen cloth to ensure it doesn't dry out. Repeat for all the chocolate dough balls.
  15. Next roll the bamboo charcoal dough balls starting with the large ones. Roll into an oval shape, large enough to cover the large cocoa dough roll. Place the coco roll inside the charcoal oval and close the charcoal dough, sealing the chocolate dough inside. Repeat for all the charcoal dough.
  16. Finally use the plain dough balls in the same way, sealing in the charcoal ones inside the plain dough. Now roll into a rope that is twice the size of the loaf pan. Cut into two and then repeat for rest of the dough.
  17. Grease your loaf pan and arrange the dough ropes into the pan. Cover and let it rise for about an hour. Then bake in a pre heated oven at 375* F for 30 minutes. ( 350* F at sea level for 35 minutes)
http://dev.spiceroots.com/leopard-print-bread/

May 292014
 

Pain au lait

 

I am a few days late in posting the Petit Pain au Lait – the bread of the month for the “We Knead to Bake project”. It’s been happening a lot lately. I do cook and bake a lot. I just don’t get around to posting them or writing about them. Sometimes I don’t even get around to photographing them. That is something that does happen when family is visiting and you are busy enjoying the time together and making memories. And for me memories around food are always the best kind.

Pain au Lait

For this month’s We knead to Bake, We had the Petit Pain au Lait – or simply put Mini Milk Bread. The only thing little about this tiny bread is its size. They are extremely flavorful and soft as clouds. They are nice and gold on the outside. Though the photos don’t show the rich golden color and for that I take personal responsibility on behalf of my oven. It has been acting really weird these past few weeks and I think it’s time I got its annual physical tests done. Anyhow, back to the bread on hand.

Pain au Lait

With a crisp exterior and really cloudy soft interiors, speckles of sugar on top and a sometimes a filling of your choice – these little breads though named simply are divine in taste. I think they are quite elegant in looks as well. It is a perfect little bread to savor with your coffee. In fact, the next batch I am making tomorrow will be brought to my new neighbors who just moved in a week ago. A pack of coffee and some mini bottles of jams in various flavors and a bag of the Petit Pain au Lait. It feels good to share something delicious.

 

Pain au Lait-3

Petit Pain au Lait

Petit Pain au Lait

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup warm milk (Plus a few tea spoons more in case you need it)
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 60gm butter, soft at room temperature
  • Extra milk for brushing
  • Demerara Sugar for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the warm milk, yeast and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Using the Paddle attachment, Stir to mix.
  3. Add all the flour and the salt and mix until it looks crumbly. Switch to the dough hook, Add the butter and knead until you have a soft, smooth and elastic dough that’s not sticky.
  4. Add a little more milk (in teaspoonful at a time), if your dough is dry, until you have the required consistency of dough.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in an oiled bowl, turning it over to coat with oil. Cover loosely and set aside to rise until double in volume. (About 1.5 hours to 2 hours)
  6. Turn the dough out onto your working surface.
  7. Deflate the dough gently, and divide it into 10 equal pieces. Cover the dough pieces and let them rest for about 15- 20 minutes
  8. Roll out each piece of dough, one at a time, into a circle about 4” in diameter.
  9. Slowly roll up the circle from one end, Swiss roll/ jelly roll style into a cylinder.
  10. Pinch the seam closed neatly, and place them on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet with the seam side facing down. Cover loosely and let them rise for an hour or until almost double in size.
  11. Brush them lightly with milk and using a pair of sharp scissors, make diagonal incisions on the top of the rolls. Sprinkle the Demerara sugar on top.
  12. Bake at 400F for about 12 minutes or until they’re golden brown.

Notes

*If you don’t have bread flour, put 2/3 tsp vital wheat gluten in your 3/4 cup measure and top up with all-purpose flour. Mix well.

http://dev.spiceroots.com/petit-pain-au-lait/