Weekend, and finally a quiet weekend at home. Time to make some fun bread. I eat every day home made bread for lunch, whole grain wheat bread cut in slices - nothing special but oh so nice. In the weekends I enjoy making different kinds of bread, but one obviously needs to be at home to do so.
Wild yeast is hosting Bread making day # 8 and I am happy to participate. The theme is any seasonal holiday or event we would like to honour with a special bread.
I had planned to make an Easter bread as last weekend was Easter. But three days before Easter my husband asked me if I would like to go to Monaco with him. What a question. I had never been there before and wouldn't mind participating in the charity event organized by Princess Stephanie of Monaco. The charity event included a concert and gala diner to raise money for HIV/AIDS projects she organizes with the NGO she established in 2003. And yes I did meet her and had my picture taken.
Making an Easter bread after Easter did not really make sense, so what holiday bread could I bake. I really felt like eating cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and as I had already made them several times it wouldn't be special. What if ... I omit the cinnamon and use cardamom instead. Yes I know it is not very original, as many bloggers have done so before me. And to what would I dedicate my rolls. To spring. Not every culture celebrates the coming of spring - and I don't really either but after all the snow we had on Easter Monday (upon return) I was so happy this weekend with the sun being out and my hyacinths in full bloom.
The recipe is adapted from "All American food" written by David Rosengarten, and is originally for cinnamon rolls. But I just replaced the cinnamon and sprinkled cardamom over the sugar and melted butter.
I used half the recipe and therefore adjusted slightly. Also as I do not have vegetable shortening I used vegetable oil and added some more flour.
1 package of dry yeast
3/8 cup warm water
3/8 cup sugar
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of melted butter plus 3 spoons of melted butter
3/4 cup of milk
3.5 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar (or half brown and half granulated sugar)
cardamom (one tablespoon of to taste)
I made the dough using my bread baking machine. I added all the ingredients in the machine and used the dough making programme which takes 1.5 hour mixing and rising.
When done: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F or 180 C. Remove the dough from the pan, roll it out an the counter sprinkle with flour in a rectangle. Brush it with the 3 melted tablespoons of butter, sprinkle the sugar and the cardamom over the rolled out dough. Roll the dough up into a roll and slice it in to rounds. Arrange them on a buttered pan. Bake the rolls in the oven for 30 minutes until golden and puffed up. The original recipe calls for 20 minutes baking time but I added 10 minutes. The glaze as was called for in the original recipe I omitted as I didn't think it was necessary. The verdict: delicious.