I guess you know my affection to the gorgeous Bread Baking Babes by now. Really.
I am excited to see with what ideas they come up with every month and their blogs have become a permanent part on my foodie blog tour. Wonderful bakers each and every one of them.
Now this months bread made me fear a bit again, but I knew I had to try it when I was half through the Babes’ blogs and saw all the wonderful wreaths.
After my disaster with the Challa and all the nice comments and suggestions from the Babes I knew I had to be very careful with the wreath…
The dough was really nice to work with and I decided to do both a savory and sweet version. Hey I am a single person household what should I do with such a big sweet wreath?
So I had to tweak the original recipe Lynn - who is hosting as the Kitchen of the Month - gave us. Well I’d have to tweak it anyway as I needed a version to work with spelt flour. Thanks to Mary and her suggestions I am now able to bake with a far more stable dough.
So here are my moderations:
1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 deg. F)
3/4 cup lukewarm milk
1/4 cup sugar (reduced to 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (left out, used cardamom in the filling)
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup rice flour (probably a bit more as the dough was a bit too wet to work with at the beginning)
1 teaspoon ground psyllium (helps to substitute gluten)
And here with any further ado my versions:
Savory: Filled with tomato sauce, salami and cheese
Sweet: Filled with candied hazelnuts, dried cranberries and chestnuts topped with vanilla icing
Well, two things I need to change next time:
1) cut down the second rise to half the time
2) watch the oven more closely as they both went a bit too brown on the outside… (I blame my dad for this because he kept me on the phone too long when I should have checked on my bread, DUHR!)
I love the texture and the taste of both the sweet and the savory version. I fact I had half of the savory one for dinner just right now *hehe* and it was delicious!!
Be sure to visit the Bread Baking Babes:
Notitie Von Lien (Lien), My Kitchen In Half-Cups (Tanna), Bake My Day (Karen), Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn),I like To Cook (Sara) , A Fridge Full Of Food..And Nothing To Eat (Glenna), Lucullian Delights (Ilva), Grain Doe (Gorel), The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick), Living On Bread And Water (Monique), Thyme For Cooking (Katie)
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