Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Twisted Maple Nut Bread

This is an aromatic and appetizing way to show off your baking skills.  If you're tired of boring old bread then give this a try and you won't regret it.

Yield: 16 servings


Ingredients


  • Bread
    • 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 cups flour, divided
    • 4 tbsp sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
    • 1 tsp maple flavor
    • 4 tbsp butter, melted
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup warm water
  • Filling
    • 2 cups chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 4 tsp cinnamon
    • 3 tsp maple flavor
    • 4 tbsp butter, melted

Directions


  1. For the bread, combine 1 cup flour with sugar, salt, and yeast.  Add the maple flavor, butter, egg, and water and mix well.  Add enough remaining flour to form a dough.
  2. Knead for 5-7 minutes.  Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and then set in a warm place to rise for 60 minutes.
  3. For the filling, combine the walnuts, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and maple flavoring.
  4. Punch down the dough and split into three pieces.  Roll the first out into a 12-inch circle.  Brush with 1/3 of the melted butter and sprinkle with 1/3 of the filling.
    • Tip: I found it best to do this on parchment paper so that I could easily slide it onto my baking stone.
  5. Roll out the next layer and place on top of the first and pinch the edges to seal.  Again, brush with 1/3 of the melted butter and sprinkle with 1/3 of the filling.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the last layer.
  7. Place a glass in the middle of the pasty.  Using a pair of scissors, cut from the outside edge into the center sixteen times.  The tip of each wedge should remain attached to the center of the pastry.  Twist each wedge 3 times.
  8. Cover and let rise for 30-40 minutes.
  9. Bake at 375°F for 30-35 minutes.  Let cool completely.
    • Tip: Keep a pan under your bread to catch drippings.












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