#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014 Week Three: Bread

Monday 25 August 2014 by

Week Three: Bread
Gluten free tear-and-share cinnamon-apple brioche

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Bread week was the week I was dreading – I’ve never made gluten free bread, and my last bread-making attempt was in Food Tech when I was 15. I knew it was going to be tough.

I remember (from Food Tech) a rather successful apple and cinnamon loaf, and wanted to upgrade it. Inspired by Jordan’s sweet attempt (despite the disastrous results, he was the only one to go sweet), I though a brioche would work really well for a centrepiece filled bread. Hence the tear-and-share cinnamon-apple brioche idea. I had a sneaking feeling that I was being over-ambitious again, but having failed to be inspired by a more savoury bread filling, I figured that I would never know if I never tried…

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You will need:

  • Bowl for proofing
  • Stand mixer (trust me, hand mixing gets you blisters and bruises)
  • A baking tin
  • Baking parchment
  • Cling film
  • Pan
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients:

Tear-and-share cinnamon-apple brioche, Great Bloggers Bake Off, GBBO, Baking, Gluten free

For the brioche

  • 60ml lukewarm water
  • 115g sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 180ml lukewarm semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 500g gluten free plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 115g unsalted butter, room temperature

Tear-and-share cinnamon-apple brioche, Great Bloggers Bake Off, GBBO, Baking, Gluten free

For the apples

  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 1-in pieces
  • 115g sugar
  • 1 tbsp gluten free plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Tear-and-share cinnamon-apple brioche, Great Bloggers Bake Off, GBBO, Baking, Gluten free

For the cinnamon sugar

  • 115g sugar
  • 115g light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

How to make it:

Oil the proofing bowl with vegetable oil and set aside. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the water with 2 teaspoons of the sugar and the yeast. Dissolve the yeast and leave to stand for a few minutes for the yeast to develop.

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To the yeast, add your eggs, milk, vanilla and salt and combine with a dough hook on a low speed until it starts to come together.

Up the speed of your dough hook, and add the butter in small pieces, making sure they’re properly combined. Then add your sugar and make sure it’s all mixed again.

Tear-and-share cinnamon-apple brioche, Great Bloggers Bake Off, GBBO, Baking, Gluten free

If you can stretch the dough a bit without it breaking, you’re good to go. Then, on a lightly floured board, form it into a bowl and then transfer in to your proofing bowl. Proofing can be a bit hit-and-miss, you want it twice the size (which took about 2 hours for me), but keep a watchful eye for over-proofing.

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Meanwhile, prep your filling. Peel, core and chop the apples in to chunks. Melt the butter in your pan over a medium heat and then cook the apples in the butter until they’re semi-soft. Add your sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and give a good stir. Once the mixture bubbles, turn to a low heat and stir constantly for another couple of minutes. Tip in to a bowl and leave to cool (apples retain their heat – this will take longer than you think!)

For the cinnamon sugar, simply mix together the sugars, cinnamon and vanilla and set to one side.

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And this is where it gets tricky (and starts to go wrong for me!) Technically, you should roll out your dough and smooth a layer the apples and cinnamon sugar over it evenly, then roll (like a Swiss roll), cut in to slices and lay neatly in the tin (try for a star shape, with one slice in the middle, and six others nestled around it).

Tear-and-share cinnamon-apple brioche, Great Bloggers Bake Off, GBBO, Baking, Gluten free

Unfortunately, mine sort of… fell apart. Determined, I gathered the mush into a bowl for the final proof (about an hour). Once you’ve had your final proof, pre-heat your oven to 160°C, and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the parchment and cool fully on a tray.

The verdict:

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So… tear-and-share went to mushy dough and therefore became just a loaf – there was emergency scooping involved. Technically I can’t even call this a filled bread, as the filling wasn’t in one place. However, the taste was AMAZING. The sweet bread with the festive cinnamon and apple was simply divine. I might have to perfect the technique, but the flavour is dead on. I’d definitely be out of the Bake Off tent on account of poor presentation (and the fact it’s not a centrepiece), but I might win over the judges with the taste! If I’m honest, I’m not totally disappointed with this one, because I knew bread would be tough, and I still succeeded halfway. The bread even proofed properly! I think I may have to roll out the dough a bit thicker and leave the apples to cool a bit longer and see how that works out – definitely one to try again. Despite my failing this week, I’m taking it as a win for first-time gluten-free bread making.

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Week Three: Disaster

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2 Comments

  1. i think you did well to thknk on your feet and rescue what could have been a trip to the bin! I think the loaf looks lovely and i love apple and cinnamon – yum
    well done and thank for linking up x

  2. It sounds good, apple & cinnamon is one of my favourite combinations #greatbloggersbakeoff2014

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