Walnut and Cinnamon Loaf

There is nothing like eating fresh bread and this long weekend was an opportunity for me to experiment with some bread making. I was inspired by watching Masterchef Australia and Phillippa Grogan’s bread making technique! I was happy this bread required minimal kneading and tasted just as good. If you are looking for a great alternative to white bread or a break from sourdough loaf, this combination is so nutty and full of flavour! I’ve always loved cinnamon in my food and eating this with butter and cheese is just perfect. I made a small loaf of 250 gms to try it out but you can always double up the ingredients to get a full 500 gms loaf!

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Total cook time: 3 hours

Servings: 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 200 gms plain flour
  • 50 gms whole wheat flour
  • 5 gms salt
  • 2.5 gms dry yeast
  • 168 ml warm water (warm enough so you can put your finger in it)
  • 50 gms toasted whole walnuts (toasting the walnuts is optional)
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon powder
  • Semolina for dusting
  • Ice cubes for crusty top

Method

  1. In a bowl, mix the plain flour, whole wheat flour, salt and dry yeast.
  2. Add the warm water and combine to form a dough. At this point the dough will be slightly sticky.

3. On a flat surface stretch the dough by pushing it away with the palm of your hand and roll it back and stretch again about 6 times to start the gluten formation. The dough should feel less sticky once you do this.

4. Press the dough into a rectangle and add the walnut and cinnamon powder on to it.

5. Roll it like a swiss roll and press it again to combine the ingredients about 3-4 times.

6. Form a ball with the loaf, cover it and leave the dough to prove in a warm place for 1 hour knocking the air out every 20 minutes by keading it 5-6 times.

7. After one hour you should have knocked the air out 3 times.

8. Dust some semolina on a baking tray. Shape the dough into a loaf, cover it and leave it to prove for another 1 hour (or until it doubles in size) in a warm place.

9. Pre-heat the oven at 250 degrees celsius.

10. Uncover the dough and make slashes across the top (about 0.5 cm deep).

11. Lower the temperature to 200 degree celsius. Bake the dough in the oven for about 30 minutes. Optional: You can add a few cubes of ice in a tray at the bottom of the oven to help the bread form a crust on top.

12. Slice and enjoy with butter and cheese or spread of your choice!

Hope you enjoy this!

Payal

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