Chai Sweetdough

Wednesday 20 August 2014 by

If you’re looking for something a little different to savoury breads this is a great little recipe to try for bread boards and mezzes. As it’s not overly sweet it’s fab for those of us who like a little sweetness but don’t crave the saccharine. The use of chai gives it a lovely little kick without being overpowering. If you haven’t tried chai I would recommend having a chai tea before trying this recipe, if you don’t like the tea you probably won’t like the mix.

For the dough you will need:

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • Quarter cup of sugar
  • Quarter ounce quick-rise yeast
  • A half teaspoon of salt
  • A half cup of milk
  • A half cup of softened butter
  • A quarter cup of water
  • 1 egg.

For the Chai mix you will need:

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Cloves

Chair sweetdough, Bread, Baking

Let’s start with the Chai mix. I have not given amounts as I have found that it is best to add a little of each ingredient at a time until it smells right. When it smells like a cup of Chai tea you’ve got the combination correct. Making the mix can be a little time consuming as you have to remove the pods of the cloves from the stalks and crush them between your forefinger and thumb. It requires a lot of patience but is most definitely worth it. If you have the time it could be well worth making up a decent sized batch as, like other spices, it will keep for a long time in an airtight jar/container.

Chair sweetdough, Bread, Baking

Now for the dough. Mix 2 cups of flour, the sugar, yeast and salt in a bowl. Then, in a saucepan, heat the milk, butter and water. You just want the butter to melt and the ingredients to combine so keep a close eye on it. Add the dry ingredients and beat until moistened. Add the egg and the remaining flour and beat until smooth. Shape into a ball, cover and leave to rest for ten minutes.

 

Chair sweetdough, Bread, Baking

If, like me, you are using dried active yeast you will of course need to add it to the wet ingredients rather than the dry. You will also need to add more flour when kneading and shaping as your mixture will be quite wet, then although a good amount of time for the dough to rise.

Chair sweetdough, Bread, Baking

When the dough is ready, roll it out into a sausage shape and create a groove all the way along, then moisten it with some milk. Next, sprinkle the Chai mix along the groove and roll the dough into a spiral shape. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or so at around 180 degrees Celsius.

Chair sweetdough, Bread, Baking

I personally think the taste and smell of Chai is great all year round but it is particularly great in the winter and wonderful at Christmas. Enjoy hot or cold.

Nerissa is a writer, mummy and rather proud geek living in the countryside. In between playtime, cuddles and fun times she loves to read, knit, bake and write Young Adult and children’s fiction.

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