Saturday, June 16, 2012
It's summer! I know that we have a few days to the Summer Solstice, but around here it feels like summer has come. School is out. The heat has come, the garden plants are growing so quickly I feel like I can see them inch up (but I think they do it at night while I'm sleeping). Heat makes me listless, but I still have the energy to let y'all know about this great bread I've made a couple of times now while it was still cool. As we gather around my kitchen table for the June bread, the bodacious Bread Baking Babes make a very friendly bread, inspired by another blogger.
For Valentine's Day, MC Farine of the blog Farine made the cutest breads and called them Morning Cuddles. Darling twists with dried fruit, nuts and oatmeal is a great way to start the day. My variation adds some buttermilk and melted butter, plus I figured out how to do the recipe when you don't have a mature sourdough starter in your fridge. The thing that is still true is that these twists have a lot of oatmeal so I love 'em and call 'em Oatmeal Twists. They are pretty filling, too, for little twists.
The first time I made them I used the original recipe except I used all plain sourdough starter for the poolish and then left out the dried fruit until I shaped them and I put grated Romano cheese in some of them instead of fruit. They were twice the size, too.
Due to my days currently being over-packed I'm squishing things in here and there where I can fit them...life as an overstuffed suitcase I suppose...so I made the non-sourdough part (poolish/starter) one evening and let it sit overnight in the fridge, then made up the dough the next afternoon and let it sit overnight in the fridge, then let it rise the rest of the ways the next day, shaped and baked it in the late afternoon. Worked well, so if you have that amount of time you may want to space it out, too. At the minimum let the poolish/starter or the dough sit overnight for great flavor and shape and bake the next day.
Be sure to visit the rest of the Bread Baking Babes' sites to see their take on this versatile roll. Bet you'll be inspired to try them for yourself!
based on Morning Cuddles at Farine
makes 16 twists
700 g sourdough starter (or poolish/starter of 350 g all-purpose flour mixed with 350 g water and 2 teaspoons yeast. Sit 3 hrs, stir down, put in fridge overnight, or at least 8 hours - use where recipe calls for sourdough starter.)
320 g all-purpose flour
230 g whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
115 g rolled oats, coarsely ground in a food processor
15 g salt
1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
100 g pecans, chopped
Mix the flours together with the yeast, oats and salt. Stir the water, buttermilk and butter into the starter. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the starter mixture until a soft dough forms. Let sit 10 minutes. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead in additional flour if needed until dough is tacky but not sticky. Knead in the pecans. Shape into a ball and put dough ball into oiled rising bowl or container, turning dough to coat with the oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. This might take 2 hours or 6. (Also fine to cover and let sit overnight in the fridge, then let rise until doubled on the counter the next day.)
When dough has doubled, turn out onto lightly flour board. Shape into a log and cut into two pieces. Return one piece of the dough to the rising bowl and cover.
Shape the second piece of dough on the board into a log and cut into 8 pieces, each about 100 g. Cut each piece in half and shape each piece into a snake and twist two pieces together a a time or two, then place twist on a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet.
Repeat with remaining 7 (100 g) pieces. You will have eight twists. Take the remaining large (about 800 g) piece of dough and repeat the shaping into a log, cutting into 8 pieces, cutting those in half and shaping into twists. You will finish with 16 twists set out on parchment or silicon mat covered baking sheets. Cover twists and let rise until doubled in bulk. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F when twists are almost doubled.
Uncover, glaze with buttermilk with clean pastry brush. If desired sprinkle with finely chopped pecans, or preferred seeds or with sea salt.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. If browning too rapidly, turn down the oven temperature. Turn the pans back to front and bake another 10 - 15 minutes or until breads are 180 degrees inside. Cool on a rack then serve.
Variations: When you knead in the pecans you can knead in dried fruit like dried cranberries or diced prunes, apricots or dates to make a breakfast twist. If you prefer savory you can knead in herbs and/or Parmesan cheese and/or seeds. This bread loves to have you make your own combinations, so other nuts can also be used in place of the pecans or with them. I made my second batch without any nuts, seeds, fruit or herbs and they were yummy, too.
Posted by Elle at 12:09 AM