Turmeric, Ginger & Lemon Loaf

This sweat bread is so delicious. The ginger, lemon and cinnamon filling becomes sticky, creating a wonderful crust on top. And these flavors go so well with the turmeric bread. Filled with warm flavors, this is perfect for the cold months that are ahead of us. Plus just look at the amazing color that the turmeric gives! Pieter and I already finished half of it for lunch. This loaf also works very well as French toast.

This recipe is for one large loaf (25cm loaf pan).

Ingredients:

For the dough:

3/4 cup of warm water

7grs of dry yeast

4 cups of all-purpose flour

2 eggs

4 tablespoons of melted butter

½ teaspoon of salt

½ cup of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of ginger powder

½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

2 tablespoons of turmeric powder

For the filling:

Zest of 2 lemons

1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder

2 tablespoons of very finely chopped ginger

1 1/4 cup of sugar

Juice of 1 lemon

 

Place the yeast and the warm water in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

After the 5 minutes are up, add the remaining ingredients for the dough. Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment. If you knead it by hand, do it for about 10 minutes.

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and grease it with a bit of vegetable oil. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

While the dough is rising, make the filling. Mix the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and the chopped ginger in a small bowl. Set it aside until ready to use.

Once the dough has risen, divide it into 2 equal pieces. Roll out one piece into a rectangle of about 34x26cm. Spread half of the filling all over the dough. Then roll it like a tight crepe. Repeat for the remaining piece of dough. If you prefer to have visuals on how to form the dough, check this older post of mine.

Once you have two filled logs, grab one and make a clean slice over the middle. But leave the top part attached. Then twist it trying to keep the open side up. Do the same thing with the other log. Then twist the two logs together. Slice off the uneven edges. Then pinch the edges to seal them and tuck them underneath.

Place the babka in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Do it carefully, so that you don’t stretch the dough too much and that the filling doesn’t spill out. 

 

Cut off a piece of plastic wrap (large enough that so that it covers the loaf pan). Brush one side with a bit of vegetable oil. Cover the top of the loaf with the plastic wrap, greased side down.

Let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

About 15 minutes before the second rise is up, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Once the loaf is done rising, bake it for 35 minutes.

Carefully remove the loaf from the pan. Enjoy!

If you have some left over the next day, you can make it into French toast.

 

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Apple, Cardamom & Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

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My sweet tooth was bugging me again so I gave in. I’ve wanted to make this recipe for a couple of weeks already but didn’t find the time. The combination of apple, cinnamon and cardamom is just irresistible. I made apple chips and placed one chip in between each slice of the dough, so when you pull it out you get a lovely apple surprise. You can also use store-bought chips, but if you want to make them at home, you can find the recipe by clicking here. Just don’t add the cayenne and sumac. I’ve recently started to use Snapchat, so if you would like to get peeks of Amsterdam just add me. Snapchat: cravingsinams

This recipe is for a 25cm loaf pan.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

3 ½ cups of All-purpose flour

7gr dry yeast

1 cup of milk

1 tablespoon of cardamom powder

1 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup of sugar

1 egg

For the Filling:

3/4 cup of sugar

1 ½ tablespoons of cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon of cardamom powder

3 tablespoons of melted butter

2 apples made into apple chips, you can buy them but I made them at home. Recipe here (just skip the cayenne and sumac)

Extras:

Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)

 

Pour the milk into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the cardamom powder and whisk it. Once it starts to simmer, turn off the heat. Transfer it to a bowl and let it cool down to lukewarm.

Place the yeast and the lukewarm cardamom milk in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

Place the rest of the ingredients for the dough in the bowl with the yeast.

Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment.  If you knead it by hand, it will take about 10 minutes.

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Once the hour has passed, line your loaf pan with parchment paper.

Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and lightly flour your working area.

Mix the sugar, cinnamon powder and cardamom powder for the filling in a small bowl.

Roll out one piece of dough into a rectangle of about 44×22 centimeters. Brush it with some melted butter. Then sprinkle some of the spiced sugar all over it. Then using a pizza cutter slice the dough in two lengthwise. Then cut each long slice into 6 pieces, so you have a total of 12 pieces. Place 1 apple chip on top of each piece. Stack each piece on top of the other. Arrange it in half of the prepared loaf pan. Repeat for the remaining piece of dough. Keep the leftover spiced sugar.

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Let it rise for 30 minutes in a warm place. About 10 minutes before the time is up, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Once the 30 minutes are up, brush the top with some egg wash and sprinkle some of the remaining spiced sugar.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden. About 20 minutes in, check if it’s getting too dark because of the spiced sugar. If it is, cover the top with aluminum foil for the remaining baking time.

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Coconut & Dulce de Leche Rolls with Coconut Icing (And Babka)

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I can’t get enough of sweet breads and trying out different flavors. The combination of toasted dried coconut with dulce de leche is amazing. For this recipe you will need one can of full fat coconut milk, left undisturbed in the fridge overnight for the cream to separate from the liquid. I used the liquid for the dough and the creamy thick part that separated for the icing. If it happens that it didn’t separate the next day, just get some coconut cream and use it instead to make the icing. This has happened to me before and I tried using different brands of coconut milk. So no worries if it doesn’t happen. I used 1/5 of the dough to make a tiny babka. Just look at all those layers of dulce de leche and toasted coconut.

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Ingredients:

For the dough:

3 ½ cups of All-purpose flour

7gr dry yeast

1 cup of coconut milk

1 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup of sugar

1 egg

For the filling:

2 cups of dulce de leche

2 cups of toasted dried coconut

For the egg wash:

1 egg

1 tablespoon of water

For the icing:

½ cup of coconut cream (full fat)

1/3 cup of icing sugar or more if you want a thicker consistency

 

First leave a can of full fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Be careful not to shake it, you want the cream to separate from the liquid. The next morning, open the can and carefully scrape off the top creamy part. Place it in a small bowl and keep it in the fridge until ready to use. Reserve the liquid to make the dough and let it come to room temperature.

For the filling, just toast the dried coconut in a pan (no oil) over medium heat. Just stir until the coconut gets a light brown color. Set it aside to cool down.

To make the dough, place 1 cup of the coconut liquid with the yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it sit there for 5 minutes. Once the 5 minutes are up, add the flour, salt, sugar, butter and the egg. Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment. You can also knead it by hand (for about 10 minutes).

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

You can bake the rolls in an oven dish or in a cast iron skillet. If you use an oven dish lightly grease it with some butter. For the cast iron skillet, I just lined it with parchment paper this time.

Once the hour has passed, place the dough on your floured working area. Punch it down. I reserved 1/5 of the dough to make a tiny babka (in a  9x18cm loaf pan). But you can make it all into rolls.

Roll it out into a large rectangle, of about 38x32cm. Spread some of the dulce de leche evenly all over the dough but leave about 1 cm free on the edges. If the dulce de leche is too hard, place it in the microwave for 15 seconds to make it more spreadable. Then sprinkle the toasted coconut all over the dulce de leche. Roll the dough like a tight crepe. Slice off the uneven edges. Then slice the log into even pieces of about 2cm thick. Arrange them on the prepared baking dish or skillet, leaving a bit of space in between each one. Cut out a big piece of plastic wrap, brush it with some vegetable oil and cover the rolls with it (greased side touching the rolls).

If you saved some dough to make the babka, here is how to do it:

Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll out one piece into a rectangle. Spread it with some dulce de leche and sprinkle some of the toasted coconut over it. Then roll it like a tight crepe.

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Do the same for the remaining piece. Once you have two filled logs, grab one and make a clean slice over the middle. But leave the top part attached. Then twist it trying to keep the open side up. Repeat for the other log. Then twist the two logs together and pinch the edges to seal them. Tuck the edges underneath. Place the babka in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Cover it with a piece of greased plastic wrap. Let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

About 15 minutes before the second rise is up, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Once the rolls have risen, brush them with some egg wash and bake them for about 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. The same goes for the babka.

Once the rolls and babka are baked, start making the frosting. Take out the coconut cream from the fridge and place it in a medium bowl. Slowly add the icing sugar while whisking. Add more sugar if you like it less runny. Drizzle some of the coconut icing over the rolls. For the babka, I served it on the side. Enjoy!

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Speculoos (Cookie Butter) & Pear Buns

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Speculoos is a spiced cookie that it is usually eaten around December here. It is delicious and luckily it also comes in butter form. I really felt like baking last week so I thought of making a different version of the traditional Swedish buns. So I just filled these with cookie butter, pears and then sprinkled some pistachios on top. A delicious fall/winter treat!

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This recipe makes 24 small buns.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

3 ½ cups of All-purpose flour

7gr dry yeast

½ cup of warm water

½ cup of milk

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup of sugar

1 egg

For the filling:

10 tablespoons of speculoos

3 pears, grated & squeezed (use the ones that are better for cooking like Bosc)

For the egg wash:

2 eggs

2 tablespoon of water

Extras:

1/3 cup of chopped pistachios

 

Place the yeast and the warm water in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

Place the remaining ingredients for the dough in the bowl with the yeast.

Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment.  You can also knead it by hand.

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil.  Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover it with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Once the hour has passed, line a baking tray with parchment paper. Cut a large piece of plastic wrap, enough to cover the baking tray and brush it with vegetable oil to prevent it from sticking to the buns later on.

Place the dough in your lightly floured working area. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.

Microwave the Speculoos for 30 seconds so it is easier to spread. Have the grated and squeezed pears ready.

Roll out one piece into a rectangle of about 30x23cm. Using a pizza cutter or a knife, cut out the uneven edges.

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Spread evenly half of the cookie butter all over the dough, you can leave a little space on the edges. Sprinkle half of the grated pears.

Grab the top 2 edges of the dough and fold it towards you. Roll it a bit with the rolling pin just to seal it. Then slice it into 12 pieces. Grab one piece and twist it. Then wrap it around your finger making two rounds and then make a knot, tucking one end through the middle. Don’t worry if they are not perfect. They will look better once baked. Repeat for the remaining pieces and the other half of the dough.

Place the buns on the prepared baking tray, bush them with some egg wash (then keep the egg wash in the fridge because you are going to use it again). Cover the buns with the previously oiled piece of plastic wrap.

Let them rise in a warm place for 1 hour.  About 15 minutes before the time is up, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Once the hour is up, remove the plastic wrap and brush them again with the egg wash. Sprinkle some pistachios on top of each bun. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!

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Coffee Rolls

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Last month I mentioned how I had been having a craving for cinnamon rolls, but then instead of making rolls, I made individual vanilla bean & cinnamon wreaths. I guess I’m not over my sweet bread cravings because I ended up making these coffee rolls (and mini matcha rolls filled with dulce de leche, but that recipe will come later).

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We had some friends coming over for lunch that day and I wanted to make something for dessert. These rolls have a double dose of coffee, a double shot of espresso in the dough and instant coffee in the filling. My hubby is the one in charge of making coffee every morning (I know lucky woman gets a nice cup of cappuccino made by her man every morning).  He got a new coffee machine a couple of months ago and I have been kind of lazy in terms of learning how to use it. It is not that easy to make a good cup of joe. There are a lot of variables that can make coffee taste unpleasant, if the water is too hot, if the beans are not grinded properly, if you are over extracting the coffee, etc.

So he made me the double shot of espresso for this dessert. Funny thing is I set it aside and then I forgot to add it to the dough.  So I had to throw it away and start making the dough again. Luckily my stand mixer does all the kneading work for me.

This is a great treat to serve for brunch this coming Easter. This recipe makes 6 big rolls, but you can slice them thinner to make more rolls.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

7 grs of dry yeast

½ cup of warm water

3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

1 double shot of espresso

2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

1 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup of sugar

1 egg

For the filling:

¾ cup of sugar

3 teaspoons of instant coffee

1 vanilla bean (optional)

2 tablespoons of melted butter

For the egg wash:

1 egg

1 tablespoons of water

For the glaze:

2 cups of icing sugar

2 drops of vanilla essence

Water, as needed

 

Place the warm water and yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer and let it sit for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes have passed, add the remaining ingredients for the dough to the bowl with the yeast.

Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment.  You can also knead it by hand.

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil.  Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Once the hour has passed, lightly butter the oven dish in which you are going to bake the rolls. To make the filling, just mix the sugar, instant coffee and vanilla bean in a small bowl. Have the butter already melted and ready with a brush.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it into a rectangle of about 34 centimeters long. Then brush the top of the dough with the melted butter. Sprinkle the sugar/coffee mixture evenly on top.  Roll it tight lengthwise. Cut the uneven edges and set them aside (you can choose to bake them or discard them; I baked them on a separate tray). Now that you have an even rolled dough, cut it into 6 even pieces. Place the pieces on the prepared oven dish, leaving some space in between and brush them with the egg wash. Place the remaining egg wash in the fridge to use later.  Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour.

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About 10 or 15 minutes before the timer is up for the second rise, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Once the hour is up, remove the plastic wrap from the oven dish, brush the rolls again with the egg wash and bake them for about 25 minutes until golden.

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Once the rolls are baked, start making the glaze. Place the icing sugar in a small bowl with the vanilla essence. Whisk in a few drops of water at a time until the glaze becomes pourable. I decided not to make the glaze too thick this time. Once the glaze is of your desired consistency, just pour it on top of the rolls. They are best when served right away while they are still warm.

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