~*~ BLACK GARLIC CINNAMON SWIRL BREAD ~*~
When in doubt, put it on bread. That’s what I tell myself when leftovers and weird ingredients fill up my fridge. Most chefs swear by adding black garlic to meat and other savory dishes, but I want to sweeten it up. This is a non-mixer recipe which means more elbow grease but less guilt after you eat the entire loaf! I used a mix of whole wheat and white flour for more nutrition, but feel free to go traditional white bread here. If you have extra black garlic, spread on the toasted bread, it tastes just like jam!
For the dough:
3/4 cup milk, or lukewarm water
1.5 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cups whole wheat flour
For the filling:
1 cup black garlic cloves (about 6 heads), or 1/2 cup purée
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
Artist: Steely Dan
1. FEED THE YEAST
Heat milk and butter in a pot or microwave until lukewarm. Use your finger to check for temperature. Remove from heat. Gently whisk in dry yeast and sugar. Let rest for 10 minutes until foamy. Transfer to a large bowl. Gently whisk in 1 egg.
2. MAKE THE DOUGH
Meanwhile, whisk together flours and salt in a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup of dry mixture to the wet mixture. Stir in with a wooden spoon until combine. Then add another 1/2 cup, repeating this process until the dough forms and starts to remove itself from the bowl.
*NOTE* Depending on the brand of flour, you might not use all it. By adding 1/2 a cup at a time, you give the flour time to absorb the liquid. If you add all the flour at once, you’ll end up with a very dry dough. You want the dough to be slightly sticky, almost tacky. If you have excess blended flours, save it use for pancake mix!
3. KNEAD THE DOUGH
Alright, put on your workout clothes. Flour your work surface. Turn the dough out of the bowl and onto your surface. Press the dough flat, then fold it half towards you. Using the ball of your hands (and a lot of body weight), push the dough forward. Rotate it 90ºF, fold it, and push it again. Repeat until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Continue to lightly flour your surface if the dough sticks. This will take about 10 – 15 minutes, so get ready to sweat.
*TIP* To check that you’ve kneaded the dough enough, use The Windowpane Test
4. PROVE #1
Coat the inside of a bowl with oil. Gather the dough together to got into a ball. Place dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Place the bowl in a warm spot. (My tiny apartment bathroom gets very toasty with the heater on) Turn on the oven to it’s lowest temperature (150 – 200F). When you can put your arm in and keep it there, turn the oven off. Put in the dough and close the door. Prove for 2 hours or more until doubled in size.
5. PURÉE BLACK GARLIC
Meanwhile, mash or blend the cloves with a tablespoon of water until spreadable. Save extra for spreading on toast! In a small bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and sugar.
6. PROVE #2
Grease a bread pan with butter or oil. Place the roll, seam-side down, into the pan. Cover in plastic wrap and towel. Prove for 1-2 more hours or until doubled in size.
Heat oven to 350F. Whisk 1 egg with a tablespoon of water. Brush the loaf with egg wash. Place on the middle rack and bake for 40 minutes. Remove from bread the pan and tap the bottom to check it sounds hollow.
Slice, toast, and spread with butter or extra black garlic purée.
~*~ SAVORY VARIATION ~*~
In Step 5, hold the cinnamon sugar and just spread on the black garlic. Make a killer BLT or grilled cheese.
~*~ ORANGE-WALNUT VARIATION ~*~
Omit cinnamon-sugar. In Step 1, add the zest of 2 oranges to the milk and butter. In Step 5, knead in 1/2 cup toasted walnuts.
~*~ BRAIDED VARIATION ~*~
In Step 5, roll the dough from the longer side. Cut the log in half lengthwise. Then braid the dough, trying to keep the open layers exposed so the cut end stay on top. Transfer to a parchment paper line baking sheet. Cover with a towel and prove for 1-2 hours.