Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sugar & Spice Tear and Share Bread

OK, so it's movie night and your friends are over to watch the latest Brad Pitt/Ryan Gosling/Johnny Depp blockbuster and you want a sweet treat to enjoy whilst swooning over your leading man. Something sugary and indulgent is needed and that's where my Sugar & Spice Tear and Share Bread comes in!

It's soft and sweet and everyone can tuck right in, no cutlery or plates required, just tear off and enjoy! If you want to make it even more special why not serve with a yummy dip? Check out my top tip below for some dip-tastic inspiration. So even if Brad is off the menu (lucky Angelina!) you're still in for a treat tonight ladies!

Sugar & Spice Tear and Share Bread

150ml water
150ml milk
400g strong white flour
7g fast action dried yeast
2tsp soft brown sugar
½ tsp salt
1tsp cinnamon

30g unsalted butter
75g soft brown sugar
2tsp cinnamon

Pour the water and milk into a saucepan and place over a very low heat. Meanwhile, sift the flour into a large bowl and add the yeast, sugar, salt and cinnamon and mix together.

Make a well in the centre of the bowl and pour in the lukewarm water/milk mixture. Bring together with a wooden spoon then use your hands to shape into a dough.

Lightly dust a surface with flour and knead the dough for about 10 minutes, it should be smooth and springy. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover loosely with lightly oiled clingfilm. Place in a warm space (next to a warm oven is always good) and leave for about 1 hour until it has doubled in size.

Lightly grease and flour a large baking pan or roasting tin and leave to one side. Take the dough and tip onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly for a minute and break into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place in the prepared tin, repeat for each piece so the tin is filled and the dough balls are touching. Cover loosely with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about an hour, again until they have doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 6 and melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat. In a small bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon. Use a pastry brush to cover the top of the dough balls with the melted butter and sprinkle over the sugar and spice mixture.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool then tear and share!

Belle's Top Tip
There are lots of different dips you can serve with this bread. Keep it simple with some runny icing, melt some chocolate for a naughty treat or how about some dulche de leche caramel...delicious!