Bread baking is a very delicate process, it took me nearly two years to perfect (almost). Now I am so much into bread baking, that there’s hardly a week gone by where I wouldn’t have baked it. It satisfies my craving for baking and at the same time I am rest assured that I am not loading on sugar yet baking something healthy for a good breakfast for the week ahead.
Here, I mean in India bread baking at home is very rare but I have convinced my circle of people on how satisfying an experience it can be. Well it’s another story that they haven’t tried it yet.I completely blame them for this.
While baking bread the most important part is balancing the act of pampering your yeast culture, too much of heat and you are gonna kill it and too less of heat it will take forever to rise.
I know this all sounds intimating, but if you are ready for some initial failures I am sure bread making can one of the most rewarding cooking experience ever.
Here I am sharing a very simple and delicious recipe of cinnamon walnut buns which will make you a hit among your loved ones.
2 tablespoon sugar
1 (2 teaspoon) package dry yeast (you can buy granular yeast at any superstore, look for boxes next to baking powder, baking soda where all the baking accessories are racked)
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) – best is to microwave water for 30 seconds
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter (melted) or can be replaced by refined oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 egg, mixed with couple of teaspoons of milk for brushing
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour or atta
For cinnamon Mix –
1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts
1. Microwave water along with sugar for 30 seconds, when touched it should feel lukewarm, remember managing the temperature of yeast is the most critical part of bread baking.
2. Sprinkle the granular yeast over water (if using active dry yeast, mix it directly with flour). Let it stand for 15-20 mins until bubbly and has doubled in volume.
3. Meanwhile mix 1 cup of flour with salt, set it aside.
4. Now mix the yeast mixture with flour, add beaten eggs, milk, melted butter and just mix to combine. Don’t bother to mix every speck of flour.
5. Cover and let it aside for atleast 1/2 hour to 1 hour till foamy and has doubled in volume.
6. Mix in the remaining flour and knead to form a smooth dough.
7. Keep it in a oiled vessel and let it rise for 2 hours or till doubled in volume.
8. Take the dough, punch it down and roll it like you would roll for a swiss roll.Brush with egg mixture and sprinkle the cinnamon mix. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Roll it up and cut it into logs.
9. Arrange the cinnamon buns in a flat baking tin, while keeping them apart, brush over with remaining egg mixture.
10. Put the tin in cold oven and let it rise for another 1 hour. Switch the oven on and bake at around 150 degree Celsius for about 45 mins. Keep checking if they have turned too much brown cover the top with an aluminum foil.
11. They will be done when they are springy to touch. Brush with little oil to give them a glaze. Loosely cover them with a paper or moist cloth, let them cool completely.
11. I don’t prefer adding a sugar drizzle since this just adds to calories, I prefer eating them with jam instead for breakfast.