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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Cinnamon Walnut Applesauce Bundt - #BundtBakers




I baked this bundt to take to a little get-together with some of my childhood friends/cousins. The best part about this bundt (apart from the flavour) is how quick it is to put together. I had very little time and I was able to throw this together while probably half asleep, run to a meeting while it cooled, and then glaze and pack it up to take with me. 

This month, the Bundt bakers are showcasing applesauce. Applesauce can be used as a substitute for butter or oil in cakes and it helps to make a cake moist. I took a very simple approach here. Applesauce is the main ingredient rather than a substitute. Be sure to visit the other Bundt Bakers below to see how they used applesauce in their bundts. 


Cinnamon Walnut Applesauce Bundt

Ingredients 
Cake
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups applesauce 
3/4 cups oil 
2 eggs 
3/4 cup chopped walnuts 

Directions 

Grease a 10-12 cup bundt pan. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
Whisk flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. 
Mix together applesauce, oil, and eggs. 
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients stirring until just combined. Next, fold in the pecans. 
Pour into prepared pan. 
Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the bundt comes out clean. 
Cool, glaze if desired, and enjoy. 

Notes
  • I adopted this from a fellow Bundt Baker - Magnolia Days
  • I didn't measure for the glaze. I mixed together some softened butter (a small amount - about a tablespoon) and confectioner's sugar. I then added a little milk until it got to the consistency that I liked. Then I thought that some cinnamon would be perfect so I added a dash and a pinch of salt. Glazes rarely work for me but this one was great. 
  • You could probably cut down on the nuts a bit. I didn't get a picture of the inside but 3/4 cup chopped nuts was a lot of nuts! I guess I chopped pretty small. 




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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Salara (Guyanese Coconut Roll) - #BreadBakers





I have been eyeing this coconut roll for about 6 years. I first saw the Trinidadian version which is often made with a flaky pastry and doesn't typically colour the filling. This Guyanese version uses a yeasted dough and makes the filling a very bright red. Apparently, it's not a salara if it is not RED. I resisted to urge to just make it barely pink. The roll is easy to make and tastes wonderful. I really hope I am doing the real thing justice and can't wait to head to Guyana to taste one. 

The Bread Bakers are playing with coconut today so be sure to scroll down to see how they used this amazing ingredient. 

Salara

Ingredients

Filling 

2 cups grated fresh coconut
1/2 cup sugar 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
1 teaspoon vanilla
red food colouring 

Dough 
3 cups flour 
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk 
1/4 cup water 
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 egg white plus 1 teaspoon water

Directions

Mix the coconut, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Next, add enough food colouring to make a bright red filling. Set aside for an hour. 

Whisk flour, sugar, and yeast. Cut shortening into the flour mixture. Add milk, water,  and egg. Knead until it forms a soft smooth dough. The dough should be tacky but not sticky. Place in an oiled bowl and allow to rise at room temperature until doubled or overnight in the refrigerator. 

When the dough is ready, divide the dough into two pieces. Roll each piece into a 12" x 8" rectangle. Brush each with melted butter then evenly spread the filling over the dough. Leave a border of about an inch on all sides. 

Roll up the dough to seal the ends. Place on a parchment-lined half sheet pan and allow to rise until doubled. This should take about 45 minutes. 

About 20 minutes before the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 375 F. 
Mix the egg white with a teaspoon of water. Brush the risen loaves with the egg wash and place in the oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden. 

Allow the loaves to cool completely before slicing. 

Notes 
  • If using dried sweetened coconut, you will not need to add sugar. 
  • For the fresh coconut, you can add up to a cup of sugar. 
  • Removing fresh coconut from the shell is not for the faint of heart. This Caribbean girl is just not good at it. 
  • The filling will be very wet after it has sat for a while. Be sure not to add too much liquid to the dough as you don't want a soggy mess. 
  • I had some red liquid seep from my second loaf. But after it was baked, you wouldn't have known. 
  • I used a whole egg for the egg wash so my crust was a bit darker.



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#BreadBakers is a group of bread-loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. 




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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Banana Cinnamon Rolls - #BreadBakers




When Stacy announced this month's Bread Bakers, I immediately pictured a quick loaf with alcohol-soaked raisins. Then my mind went to some form of marbled loaf. Yet, here we are with my best friend, yeast. I haven't made cinnamon rolls in ages and once I got the idea for a banana cinnamon roll in my head, I just couldn't get it out. 

Be sure to scroll down to see how the other bakers are using bananas in their bread this month!



Banana Cinnamon Rolls 

Ingredients

Dough
1/2 cup mashed very ripe banana
1/3 cup milk 
1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
2 tablespoons oil 
1 egg
350 grams flour
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg 

Filling 
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
2 ripe bananas sliced thinly

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together banana, milk, sugar, oil, and egg. Add all the remaining ingredients. 

Knead the dough until it is smooth and tacky (approximately 6 minutes). If it's sticky, add some flour a tablespoon at a time. If it's dry, add water a teaspoon at a time. 

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled. You can also allow it to bulk ferment in the fridge overnight. That's my preferred method. 

Grease a 9" round pan. 

When the dough has risen, roll out to a 10" x 14" rectangle. Spread the softened butter across the dough. Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch, and nutmeg. Sprinkle evenly over the dough. Next, place thin slices of banana over the sugar mixture. 

Tightly roll up the dough starting along the shorter side.  Cut into 10-12 rolls. 

Place in the greased pan and cover and allow to proof at room temperature until doubled and puffy. 

While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350 F. 

When the rolls are ready, bake for 25 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned. Allow them to cool before devouring. If you want to frost them, frost them warm but let them cool for about 10-15 minutes before spreading it on. 


 
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#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

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