Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bread Dough - Three flavours

Sunflower Sourdough Bread I

During the time when I was preparing the flower roses for the "cookies for peace event", I made my sourdough and let it rest. When I baked the cookies, I was thinking about a flower bread , and how I can create a flower with a yeast dough.

I came with the idea of doing a sunflower bread made with three layers and when it rise it will turn to a nice flower shape....

I have to admit this is my first time doing this, took some photos and wanted to share the step with you, maybe you will come with a more creative way to add to the steps:

A Sunflower Sourdough Bread

what you need is a sourdough or regular bread dough cut and shaped into three balls
an aluminium pie plate to hold the cut leaves
a sharp knife

who can resist a warm bread out of the oven

Step one: roll the first ball into a circle and make six cuts from inside out leaving 1/2 inch board
Step two: bring the pie plate closer to you, place the cut circle inside the plate, leave the border at the bottom edge of the plate , then flip each leaf inside out , so that the leaves are resting on the edge of the plate and the top of the plate is the support for the leaves when they rise.

Step three: take the second ball and place it in the centre.

Step four: roll the third ball into a circle and cut it into six leaves, similar to the first step, and insert it around the centre ball, making sure that the leaves when they open will be next to the first and not on top of it... you can adjust the position so they open next to each other to create the flower leaves shape. Cover and let the bread rise and double in size....

Bake in a preheated 425F oven with a water bath either in the bottom shelf or the top shelf, to create humidity, or you can sprinkle your bread with water....


tasteofbeirut said...

This is a really neat idea Arlette. It makes me think of a book I got a long time ago that showed breads baked through the ages, from different countries and some of them looked like yours, some were shaped like a "primitive" sun, or even a person's head. It is amazing to me all the things that one can do with bread the field is wide open!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Aww that is so cute! Great job with the sunflower bread! :D