I discovered the Alphabakes challenge run by The More than Occasional Baker and Caroline Makes earlier this month and wanted to make something to submit, however I have struggled a bit as Caroline is hosting this month and the random letter is K. I thought about kumquats and kirsch but neither really appealed so I have gone the alternative route of adapting something I am familiar with. I recently got a little obsessed with bread making and there are some really beautiful knots around; one that many people will have seen is something called a monkey’s fist knot. Now I’ve never done this with a normal knot so bread dough was probably a bit ambitious but I’ve had a go.
The bread recipe is:
550g Strong white bread flour
1 sachet Fast acting dried yeast
1 tsp Salt
300ml warm water
30g Unsalted butter (softened)
1 egg beaten to glaze
- Put the flour in a mixing bowl and add the yeast to one side of the bowl and the salt to the other. Stir to distribute evenly and add the warm water.
- Mix with a wooden spoon or your fingers to incorporate the water then rub in the butter.
- Knead for at least 10 minutes either by hand or in a freestanding mixer with a bread hook.
- Leave to prove for 2 hours or until doubled in size,
- Punch down the dough and shape into a long rope – I used a rolling pin to help me stretch it out then rolled it between my hands to keep the strand circular(ish)
- Find instructions on the inter-web-net-thingy for your knot of choice – the one I used is linked above but sadly they don’t give permission to show the image.
- Leave your knotted loaf to rise for another 30 minutes to 1 hour then brush the top with beaten egg
- Cook in a 220c oven for 20 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when you knock on the top