Monday, December 22, 2014

Chochlate and Hazelnut Bread Kringle

Chochlate and Hazelnut Bread Kringle



With Christmas just around the corner, celebration begins from the previous weekend itself.
I have very fond childhood memories of Christmas. As I have done my schooling from a Christian school, Christmas use to be a big affair there. A month long celebration, distributing chocolates to classmates and friends, playing secret Santa, going to church and a month long vacation. Everything use to be fabulous.

As I grew, meaning of Christmas celebration also went a step ahead. Decorating  our home, shopping, personalised gifts, selecting gift that obviously parents would surprise you with .. :D

Today, being a mommy myself, I want to make this festival all the more special for my baby. I am baking baking and baking these days from cookies to cakes to breads and what not...:) and I am in love with this festive spirit...:) <3

Today I tried this festive bread, with chocolate spread, crushed hazelnuts and melt in mouth buttery soft bread.

Let me also tell you, I had made bite size of these kringles for a kid's birthday party recently. And, kids loved them throughly..:) 

Ingredients
- 3/4 cup plain flour/ Maida+ some for rolling and dusting 
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp milk powder
- 3/4 tsp. active dry yeast ( If you are using instant dry yeast, double the quantity)
- 1/2 cup warm milk+ 3-4 tbsp for brushing
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3-4 tbsp. any chocolate spread, I have used Nutella
- 3-4 tbsp crushed almonds/ cashew / hazelnuts ( I have used hazelnuts)

Process
1. Take a small bowl, and add warm milk and powdered sugar. Mix them together till sugar dissolves completely.
2. Now add yeast to this mix, and stir. Let this milk rest for at least 10 minutes, or till yeast becomes frothy.
3. In a spears big bowl, take together flour and milk powder. Mix them nicely.
4. Once, yeast has bloomed nicely. Add this yeast milk to the flour bowl little by little.
5. Once entire milk is added to the flour, what you will have with you will be an absolutely sticky dough.
6. Now take 4 tbsp of melted butter and add to the dough.
7. And, start kneading the dough. Knead this for around 8-10 minutes. 
8. As you knead the dough eventually it will,start coming together. Though it will not be a firm dough but decent enough to bake a rough dough ball.
9. Grease the dough a little, and cover with kitchen towel or cling wrap and place this at hot spot for  an hour, or till the dough becomes double in size.
10. Once done, Knock the dough to deflate all the air. 
11. Since even now the dough will be sticky, take some additional dry flour and knead the dough to turn it into workable dough. It will take your 3-4 tbsp more flour to make sticky dough into firm dough ball.
12. Now, roll the dough ball in rectangular big disc.
13. Spread chocolate spread evenly on the dough disc, as shown in pic. Below


14. Sprinkle crushed nuts on top of chocolate. As shown in pic. Below. 


14 now, using your finger tips very gently roll the Swiss vertically in one big log. As shown in pic. Below.

15. now using a sharp knife, slit the log in two starting from one end and stop at,East 2 inch before your cut the entire log into 2 . As shown in pic. Below.


16. Know very carefully, put one strip of lot onto another and form a weaved dough, as shown in pic. Below. 

17. Once done, bring the 2 ends together and form a circle with help of your fingers try to seal the to ends together. As shown in pic. Below.

18. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees.
19. Very gently, place the bread onto a greased baking sheet.
20. Bake in pre heated oven at 180 degrees C for 20 + minutes or till you see the bread with nice golden brown colour. In between  brush the bread with milk to get that nice Shiney texture. 

Your festive chocolate bread is ready..:)