Saturday, June 16, 2012

BBBabes, let's twist again

This month our wonderful Babe Elle is kitchen of the month. She has chosen a wonderful bread for us to bake, a healthy, fragrant and delicious roll. They smelled delicious with the chopped pecans in it. We really loved them. Good with sweet or savory. For some reason I took this twisting a bit too far and got very long rolls. Not that we minded, it was fun eating them like they were baguettes. Thanks Elle for this wonderful idea. I have to bake them again with one of these delicious ideas for adding fruits, chocolate ecc.

Which one is your favorite?? Pick your favorite flavouring, bake, post, tell us all about it and become our Bread Baking Buddy. Send your details to Elle, so she can round up all the entries. Deadline 29th of this month.

Oatmeal Twists
(PRINT recipe)
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 400ºF 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 180ºF 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.

(based on Morning Cuddles at Farine)


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Absolutely wonderful crumb! Great photos.
I do love these breads where the recipe only opens a door to endless possibilities.

Elizabeth said...

Is it really possible to take the twisting too far with these? They are so delicious, aren't they?

Ooooo!! Did you put chocolate in your twists? I bet that's wonderful too!

NKP said...

Wonderful! I love how long and twisty they are. ☺

Elle said...

I like them long and twisty the way you did it. Great how one can play with this recipe, too. Oooh chocolate and maybe dried cherries. Not done with this recipe yet. Thanks for playing :)

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

I do love the long, multi-twist rolls. Look so cool when split open!

Katie Zeller said...

Mmmmm.... sliced in half with ham and butter - perfect baguette sandwich.
And chocolate.... Oh yes.

Karen Baking Soda said...

Brilliant pic of the sliced twists! Oh and chocolate? Hmmm my kids would love me. Lovely Lien!

Anonymous said...

One word. Beautiful.