I was so close to forego the Daring Bakers’ challenge for this month, but the power of gluten and the gorgeous Bread Art all over Pinterest lured me in. And of course, Sawsan ,being a dear friend and host for this month, in spite of my hectic on-call I came home energised and ready to dive in with the flour! Even though I have done some ‘arty bread’ in the past, it was time to try a new design, something more ‘challenging’ and pretty with all the caramel twist! I was game for a fancy bread wreath!
What I did not expect was how dormant my instant yeast has become after a short hiatus of no bread- baking, despite storing them in the freezer. I had hopes for tall peaked bread, layered with lashings of salted caramel hidden in the fridge after last weekend’s baking class at TOTT store and completed with crunchiness of roasted pistachios. The idea was still carried out, albeit on a flatter flower shaped bread! I drew the design inspiration from here, and totally smitten with the arrays of other bread arts here. We have not enjoyed homemade breads for a while now so this was a welcome treat, just to end the month on a sweet note.
Whilst I am reserving the salted caramel recipe to be included in the upcoming cookbook, the sweet brioche dough that I used here is really quite versatile for both sweet and savoury versions. I don’t have an exact measurement of things usually as we have made the dough so often that the grams of butter goes along with cups of flour, no metric measurement! This time round, I measured everything I used to make it easier to share the recipe here but I think it’s important to go by ‘how the dough feels in your hands‘. I usually limit the eggs to only 2 and minimal butter, making this a lighter brioche that we can enjoy more often.
Thank you Sawsan for such a wonderful challenge. I am sure I will do this bread art again, although I can’t even draw a straight line, no arty bones within me! Perhaps next time it will be chocolate, cinnamon sugar or praline for sweet version, or even the bountiful of herbs and cream cheese for savoury breads. The possibilities are endless!