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How To Make Easy Holiday Wreath Bread Recipe



hey everyone it's natasha from natashaskitchencom Today we're making a wreath bread that has a crisp crackling crust and a super soft center

Forming bread into a wreath is so easy and your friends and family will be impressed Good news, this recipe has very little active time so you can make it in the background while you're working on your holiday feast First, stir together 14 ounces of warm water and half a teaspoon of molasses Set those aside and in a large mixing bowl combine two and a half cups of all-purpose flour, 2 and 1/3 cups of bread flour, 2 teaspoons of salt and one and a quarter teaspoons of instant yeast Whisk that together then add your water molasses mixture and stir together with a spatula just until it comes together

If the dough still feels too sticky add more flour, one tablespoon at a time You'll need to knead the mixture together by hand for about four minutes I usually add about two to three tablespoons of extra flour When you're done kneading, the dough should feel soft and sticky to the touch but shouldn't stick to clean fingertips Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature for four hours

Every hour as it rests punch down the dough with a wet hand and fold it over onto itself a few times Using a wet hand will keep the dough from sticking to your hands without adding any unnecessary flour After the four hours of rising time, punch down the dough one last time and pinch it in the center to divide into two pieces Generously dust a large sheet of parchment paper with flour Place the first piece of dough in the center turning to coat so it's easier to work with and use your fingers to poke a hole in the center

Gently and evenly stretch your dough to about a 5 to 6 inch diameter in the center and 9 to 10 inch diameter on the outside Grab another large sheet of parchment paper and repeat the process with the second piece of dough Let the rings rise at room temperature for 30 minutes Meanwhile preheat the oven to 450˚ F and place a cast iron or broiler pan on one side of the bottom rack and a large upside-down baking sheet on the center rack Once the rings have risen, dust the top generously with all-purpose flour

All you need is a pair of sharp kitchen shears Holding the scissors at a 45˚ angle, cut deep slits into the dough about one and a half inches apart Pull the leaves away from the ring as you cut them It helps to turn the entire dough ring as you slice to ensure that you're keeping the same angle Once all of your leaves are cut, fan them out a bit with your hands and repeat with the second ring

All right, our oven is hot and ready Use a second baking sheet to help you transfer your dough Transfer it with the parchment paper to your hot cookie sheet and immediately add one cup of ice cubes to the cast iron pan below, being careful not to drip on any glass surfaces bake at 450˚F for 20 minutes then repeat with the second wreath, adding more ice cubes I'm so excited right now! It totally smells like a bakery in my kitchen and we get to do the taste test! You know how when you go to your favorite fancy restaurant and you get some bread that's like the best tasting bread of your life, that's what this is! It's a true crusty French bread! It is crunchy on the outside and so soft inside So we're gonna break this apart and that's the beauty of this, you can either slice it or break it

Look at the steam! I probably should wait a little bit normally, but I am just way too impatient Oh man, that is soft bread! That's what I'm talking about Okay, and you can serve this with just butter You know what else is really beautiful, you can lay it out as like an edible centerpiece, you can put butter in the center and then a dip that I'm going to show you here after we do a quick butter taste test because I can't wait! Oh, yum yum! Actually you know what, listen to this crunch and you will be sold Take a look at this

Yes! I'm seriously excited right now because this is the best bread ever! Okay, I'm gonna take a bite, big bite mmm It has an unbelievably crunchy crust in the center is like marshmallow soft, this is perfect I don't think it gets any better than this I'm gonna thoroughly enjoy this, oh and the dip that I was telling you about So also fancy restaurant, you want to be like a fancy person

All right, so a little bit of extra-virgin olive oil, a little glug I like that word glug A little bit of balsamic vinegar and some salt and pepper and then you just kind of push your bread around in it get all the flavors YUM! I love when there's a taste test number two! This is definitely a special occasion bread but it literally took like five minutes of active time It is so easy

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