For the final day, here is one more shaped bread made from a picture from Pinterest. I love embroidery and I should say that my favourite type is the Kutch embroidery. It is complicated and most of them who learn struggle to understand the basic concept. I used to teach my students with a simple formula and it used to work. It is an intricately woven embroidery in which even a small mistake throws everything off. When I saw this type of shaping in Pinterest, I was immediately reminded of Kutch work and so I selected this as one of this week’s recipe.
I used the same dough of Poppy seed and vanilla bread flower. In fact I made both at the same time dividing the dough into half. As my baking tray could hold only this size, I shaped the remaining into a flower bread. If you have a large sheet, then try making a bigger roll but if your oven is small, then divide the dough and make two or three rolls. This dough was too soft and very tough to handle. You can use any dough to make these shapes. If you are a beginner, then go for a firmer dough for your first try. This dough I have used is so buttery and very soft and has a lovely crumb. It tastes great when relished while still warm. But it also tastes good at room temperature too. As usual, my daughter loved it.
Flour – 2 1/2cups
Sugar- 2 1/2 tbs
Water – 3/4 cup
Milk – 2tbs (for milk wash)
Poppy Seeds For Topping
In a sauce pan heat together water, butter and oil.
Once the butter melts, remove from flame and let it cool down.
In a bowl mix together flour, sugar, salt, yeast and poppy seeds.
Mix it well.
Add the warm water butter mixture and knead the dough.
Transfer contents of the bowl to the counter and knead the dough for 10 minutes.
Once it is soft and elastic, place it in an oiled bowl, roll to coat it with oil and cover with cling wrap.
Set aside for 1 hour or until double.
Transfer the dough to counter, press to release air.
Roll it out into a thin circular disc.
With the help of a knife or pizza cutter, cut the circle into one long strip beginning at the outer edge. The step wise pictures will help getting an idea about this.
Now take the rope and shape as shown in the step wise pictures.
Finally tuck the end in the centre of the roll.
Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
By the time, preheat oven to 200°C.
Brush the top of the flower with milk and sprinkle poppy seeds and bake it in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the top is golden.
Remove from oven and serve them hot or warm.