Monday, April 15, 2024

Scorching Cross Loaf! – Jane’s Patisserie


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A scrumptious and enjoyable twist on the traditional scorching cross bun… a scorching cross loaf! Straightforward, enjoyable, and delicious! 

Everyone knows how a lot I like making something Easter themed, and the way a lot I really like Scorching Cross Buns proper?! Properly why not create one more scrumptious themed bake? Final time was the recent cross scones, and now it’s the recent cross loaf… and I LOVE it! 

Easter baking

It’s properly and really easter baking time for the time being, with Easter solely being three weeks away… however is there nonetheless time for a scrumptious new bake?! In fact there’s. I’ll at all times put up as a lot themed baking content material as I can, particularly round Easter and Christmas time. 

Lately I posted my scorching cross scones, my mini egg brownies and even my particular person mini egg cheesecakes, and so they have all been SO fashionable. I do know a whole lot of my easter recipes are chocolate themed nevertheless it’s simply because there are such a lot of completely different easter sweets that you would be able to purchase now, that I can’t assist myself. Nevertheless, this magnificence is a bit completely different, and so scrumptious. 

Scorching Cross buns

Scorching cross buns are a kind of bakes which are simply so warming and heavenly, and I like them. Whether or not they’re store purchased and even home made like my scorching cross buns or chocolate scorching cross buns, I’m at all times in love with a warmly toasted scorching cross bun, coated in butter. This scorching cross loaf has the identical desired impact, nevertheless it’s simply even higher! 

This scorching cross loaf is predicated on a extra traditional flavouring as the unique is essentially the most iconic, however scorching cross buns lately are available all types of flavours, so be at liberty to adapt it in case you desire. For instance, as lots of people don’t like dried fruit, you should utilize chocolate chips as a substitute in case you most well-liked. 

Proving bread 

For some folks, making and baking bread is a bit peculiar and I can utterly see why. It’s important to depend on the bread coming alive and rising suitably to create a beautiful texture, and with out this it could possibly be a boring bland rock of flour. 

It’s undoubtedly more durable to bake bread in winter, however that’s purely due to the time by which it will possibly take for the yeast to change into energetic, and for the bread to show appropriately. For instance, baking this in winter vs summer time might have 2+ hours time distinction. 

I have a tendency to position my breads to show within the warmest place of the kitchen within the colder months – whether or not that’s close to a radiator, within the oven however with simply the sunshine turned on, or the airing cabinet is an efficient place – in the summertime, control your bread, it might solely like 20 minutes. 

Baking bread 

I have a tendency to make use of my stand mixer when making breads lately, however that can be partly as a result of I’m being fairly lazy. I’ll knead the bread for 5-10 minutes relying on velocity, however this could possibly be the identical by hand. If making by hand, I discover it greatest to start out kneading in a bowl so the dough comes collectively sufficient, after which you may both knead on a evenly floured floor in case your dough is ridiculously sticky, or a evenly oiled floor if it’s excellent. 

Follow the concept that the bread is a bit sticky relating to scorching cross buns and that’s completely regular – fortunately for this bread, you solely have one major show, and thats instantly within the tin you’re baking it in. 

I attempt to form my bread into an rectangular form in order that it suits the tin greatest, and I exploit a 2lb loaf tin when baking this bread. I’ll spray a chunk of clingfilm with a bit oil and place it excessive of the tin in order that if the bread rises sufficient to the touch the cling movie, it doesn’t get caught. 

Flavours

In relation to the flavours of this scorching cross loaf I went a bit protected and used some scrumptious dried spices. I went for cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg as I believe they make a scrumptious marriage of flavours, that splendidly fits this bread recipe. The recipe is extraordinarily much like my scorching cross buns which used the identical spices, so I assumed they’d go well with this recipe as properly. 

I additionally determined so as to add within the traditional flavouring of utilizing an orange zest within the dough. I like the flavour it brings, however you may undoubtedly go away it out, or you may swap it to lemon which can be scrumptious! 

My scorching cross scones used blended spice as a substitute, which you are able to do right here of you should utilize the entire spices mixed – it relies upon what your choice is within the flavour world. If you wish to make this scorching cross a chocolate base like in my chocolate scorching cross buns then you may substitute 75g flour with 50g of cocoa powder. 

Suggestions & Tips 

  • That is greatest eaten recent on the day of baking, however can simply be refreshed by toasting slices for a few days after
  • This scorching cross loaf may be frozen and stored for 3+ months 
  • You’ll be able to prep this the evening earlier than and do 75% of the proving within the tin at room temp, after which place within the fridge in a single day. Take out of the fridge 1 hour earlier than baking like regular. 
  • Swap flavours in case you fancy, get pleasure from it! 

Scorching Cross Loaf

  • 175 ml entire milk
  • 375 g robust white bread flour
  • 70 g caster sugar
  • 6 g dried energetic yeast/quick motion yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp floor cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 40 g unsalted butter (chilly)
  • 150 g raisins
  • 2 medium eggs

Topping

  • 50 g flour
  • 1-3 tsp water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Heat your milk in a pan till it is simply steaming.

  • In a bowl, add the flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, sugar, yeast and orange zest – add within the butter and rub the combination resembles breadcrumbs. 

  • To the bowl, add the warmed milk, and the eggs and raisins and blend all of it collectively. 

  • Knead for 5-10 minutes till the combination is clean, elastic and springy to the touch. I exploit my Kitchenaid with the dough hook! 

  • Put the dough right into a evenly oiled 2lb loaf tin and go away to rise till it has doubled in dimension. This normally takes about 1 hour however can take longer in colder climate

  • While the bread is rising, preheat the oven to 180ºc/160ºcfan.

  • As soon as on the temperature – whisk collectively the flour and water, and punctiliously pipe on to the loaf to type the crosses.

  • Bake within the oven for 50+ minutes at 180ºc/160ºcfan. The bread will likely be executed when you may faucet on the underside of the loaf and it sounds hole.

  • As soon as baked – brush evenly with honey to provide it the recent cross bun shine after which go away to chill totally. 

  • This recipe will a 2lb sized loaf 
  • That is greatest eaten recent on the day of baking, however can simply be refreshed by toasting slices for a few days after
  • This scorching cross loaf may be frozen and stored for 3+ months 
  • You’ll be able to prep this the evening earlier than and do 75% of the proving within the tin at room temp, after which place within the fridge in a single day. Take out of the fridge 1 hour earlier than baking like regular. 
  • Swap flavours in case you fancy, get pleasure from it! 

ENJOY!

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