Since I am stuck at home with strep throat today is the perfect time to post about great food. This was a fun one to make especially since I am still inspired by The Great British Bake Off where they make braided wreaths often. Unfortunately this was like eating a cinnamon roll without the frosting so I had to whip up a quick powdered sugar glaze although cream cheese would have been preferred.
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 15 g fresh yeast (1 envelope active dry yeast)
- 1/8 cup (30 g) melted butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup (50 g) softened butter
- 4 or 5 tbsp sugar
- 3 tsp cinnamon
In a medium bowl stir fresh yeast with sugar and 1/4C warm water until it bubbles about 5 minutes. Stir in the lukewarm milk and then add the egg yolk and melted butter.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt. Pour the milk mixture over the dry ingredients and start kneading it until it pulls away from the edges of the bowl. Give the dough the shape of a ball. Sprinkle oil onto a clean bowl, place the dough and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for about 1 hour at room temperature (warm space) until doubled in size. I usually put the bowl near my oven hob so the warmth get to it. It helps the dough rise very well.
While the dough rises, whisk together the butter with sugar and cinnamon for the filling. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spoon the cinnamon filling over top (keep about 1 tbsp of the filling for the end), spreading evenly, leaving a clean 1/2-inch border around the edges. Sprinkle the almonds over the cinnamon filling. Roll up the dough and using a sharp knife, cut the log in half lengthwise leaving one edge uncut for about 1/2 inch.
Start braiding the two pieces, trying to keep the open layers exposed so the cut ends remain on top (this is what makes this bread effect).Pinch the ends together and form a wreath.
Transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the wreath with the left cinnamon filling.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. For the last 10 minutes you can reduce the oven temperature to 350 F.