My first baking challenge! 🙂
I joined the lovely food bloggers from Fresh From The Oven, to participate in this months challenge, hosted by Jo from Jo’s Kitchen. She opted for the Kringel, which is an Estonian bread, typically made with raisins and chocolate. The Kringel was spotted in the Hairy Bikers series “Mum Knows Best“, and they suggested a savoury version can be made with cheese instead. As I’ve said time and time again, I’m a savoury gal at heart, so this was right up my street!
I thought this would have been really difficult to make, but it was surprisingly easy. I had my trusty steed, Irene, grating the cheese for me, which took the pressure off somewhat :p the end result was sooo impressive (the photos really dont do it justice), but next time I will definately be adding some worcestershire sauce to the cheese, as I think that would be sublime!
Here’s what I did:
Ingredients (Makes 1 Loaf)
- 21g fast action dried yeast (3 x 7g sachets)
- 1tbsp sugar
- 1tsp salt
- 220ml milk, lukewarm
- 2 egg yolks
- 50g butter, melted
- 600 strong white flour
- 100g butter, softened
- 150g grated mature cheddar
- 50g grated mature cheddar
Mix the yeast and sugar & salt in a bowl. Add the lukewarm milk and egg yolks, then mix in the flour and melted butter and knead well. Shape the dough into a ball, cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200°c/Gas 6. Dust your work surface with flour. Take the dough out of the bow, knock it back and roll out to a thickness of 1cm. Spread the softened butter evenly over the rolled sheet of pastry, then sprinkle with grated cheese.
Roll up the dough like a swiss roll and cut it in half with a sharp knife (lengthways, as shown in pic). Starting from the uncut end, plait the dough, lifting each half over the other in turn. Finally, shape the plaited bread into a B shape and transfer to a buttered baking tray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden.