Bread Is Healthy, Right?!
Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
We're in for a treat this week as #TwitterBakeAlong (from The Baking Nanna and Robert Allen) is celebrating #realbreadweek from the Real Bread Campaign. The message is simple, celebrate bread made without any of those nasty Chorleywood cheats. No E numbers, not bulking agents, no bleachers or improvers. This is bread in it's purest form although, adding tasty ingredients such as fruits, nuts, spices or chocolate (which we added) is absolutely fine!
We decided to kick things off with this decadent enriched treat from Joy the Baker. The good thing about this bread is that, despite the mountains of butter and sugar, you're meant to share it. We all love guilt free goodness!
Start by making the enriched dough. As you're aiming for a fluffy finish, this recipe uses plain flour, with the addition of butter, milk, eggs and sugar. Once your dough is formed just leave in a covered bowl to double in size. No kneading, no effort.
When you're ready to build, start by lining a 2lb loaf tin and measuring out your spices and sugar. Meanwhile melt a good helping of butter (it will look like a lot but it all goes in!). Knock your dough back and leave a few minutes to relax, then roll out until you have a rectangle approximately 12 x 20 inches. Brush all over with the butter before sprinkling evenly with your spiced sugar mix and finish with a sprinkling of chocolate. We were out of chips so roughly chopped some chocolate which works just fine.
Slice your dough into strips, stack them, then slice into square stacks before laying in your loaf tin. Don't worry if it looks a little messy, that's half the charm. Prove for a further 30 minutes or so then bake in a preheated oven. We put a tray underneath to catch any escaping butter, and added another 5 minutes with a foil top to ensure we had cooked our loaf through.
Enjoy in moderation with a cuppa.