Date Bread Ring and Cinnamon Walnut Bread
Adapted from Sawsan
2 – 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp olive oil or melted butter
1 egg beaten
½ cup warm water or milk
¼ tsp salt
Egg wash or coffee to glaze:
Egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp water OR
1 tsp coffee+2 tbsp warm milk mixed
Date filling (for one roll):
2 large handfuls of pitted dates
½ tsp cardamom powder
2 tbsp water
Grind all to a smooth paste.
Cinnamon walnut filling:
1 tbsp soft butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
3-4 tbsp chopped walnts
Mix all in a bowl.
Knead by hand or use food processor.
Put 2 cups flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a food processor bowl.
Add oil and pulse few times.
Add yogurt and pulse again to mix.
Add egg and vanilla and mix again.
Add water or milk and mix again.
Add rest of the flour if required. The dough should be slightly sticky and soft.
Knead for few minutes and transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover and leave aside to rise for 2 hrs.
Lightly dust work surface with flour and put the dough on it.
Lightly knead the dough and divide into 2 or 4 equal pieces. (I did 2).
Dust the work surface with flour again and roll to a rectangle shape of uniform thickness.
Roll the date paste like a rope and place on the dough.
Roll the dough over the paste as tightly as possible. Since I did not take care while rolling, my rolls ended up bigger in the centre!
Pinch two ends to join.
With a sharp scissor, snip the ring at regular intervals. Transfer to a baking sheet.
For cinnamon walnut bread, spread butter on the rolled dough.
Sprinkle cinnamon nut filling and roll tightly. Join both ends to make a circle and use scissor to snip at regular intervals.
Mix 1 tsp coffee powder and 2 tbsp warm milk. Use this to brush the top of the rolls. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of date bread and almond flakes on top of cinnamon bread.
Leave Aside for 30 min to rise again.
Meanwhile preheat oven to 160 degree. Bake for 10-15 mins until the bottom turns golden brown. If the top doesn’t turn light brown by this time, keep under broiler for few minutes to get the desired colour.
Stay near the oven when the broiler is on or the top will become too brown!!
Cool on a wire rack for sometime.
Slice and serve.