I’ve been a tad sly about this week’s Bake Off Make Off with my Cinnamon Swirls. Bread Week has to be my least favourite week of GBBO. I don’t do well with bread. To be fair, I don’t do well with pastry either but we’ll cross that flaky bridge when we come to it.
Bread is just so time-consuming, and I’m not good at it. As a result, I tend to avoid it now, hence my sneaky cinnamon swirl, which is technically still bread!
One time, I made a loaf of bread so bad I had to cut all the crusts off. I then went out, my phone buzzed, and I had the following text from my dad, “Why is your bread inside out?”
Cool. Cheers dad. That’s the level of my bread making though. Perhaps I should invest in a bread maker and remove this personal stigma I’ve attached to the doughy stuff.
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Last nights challenges all looked horrendous to me and, were I in that tent, it would’ve been me waved off last night.
First up, the signature challenge was a flavoured bread, and how delicious were those flavours?! Chocolate orange, chocolate cinnamon, chocolate cranberry. Still, two bread doughs… Who enjoys even making one bread dough? I wasn’t asking you, Paul.
The technical was Dampfnudeln. Dampfnudeln. Despite the fact I still can’t say it, I thoroughly enjoy making the sound. Dampfnudeln.
I had never heard of… Dampfnudeln… until last night but when Mary described it as ‘an iced bun without the icing’ I thought, “Well, what’s the bloody point?!” Don’t we ALL eat the icing of an iced bun and sack off the bun?
I would, however, eat a whole plate of… Dampfnudeln… if it was covered in the plum and vanilla sauces. They looked deeeelish.
Again though, bread dough, proving, steaming, no no no no no. Not for me, not this week, probably not ever. Nice to think about doing but naht going to happen.
Then the showstopper. Plaited loaves. Ugh give us a break Paul! He’s like the Bread Devil. Brevil… Breville… WHO MAKE TOASTERS.
Hang on! Have I just stumbled upon a conspiracy theory? Is a toaster a bread devil?! Because it burns bread…? I’m thinking out loud and looking at my appliances in a different light.
Those superstar contestants seriously pulled it out of the bag for this showstopper. Kate’s corn maiden and Andrew’s harvest basket were actual works of art! Stunning bread!
To round it off though, more finicky bread dough, proving, plaiting… You can tell where I’m going. No.
Instead of the ludicrous, day-long bakes undertaken by the GBBO bakers, I have opted for a kind of delicious bread dough, wrapped with layers of buttery cinnamon and sugar that can be made and finished in under two hours. Cinnamon swirls.That’s my kinda bread!
Cinnamon swirls work at any time of the day. I have had them for breakfast, morning and afternoon snacking, and dessert so there are really no rules with cinnamon swirls.
Furthermore, you can also add your own flavour variations. Before you roll up your dough you could sprinkle in some chocolate chips or raisins, even chopped nuts if you like a bit of crunch.
If you fancy trying your hand at a bit of bread making but haven’t got a handy 4 hours spare then cinnamon swirls are probably the ones for you. After all, you are making bread dough, there’s no doubt about it, it’s just quicker, and tastier, than a twenty strand plaited loaf.
Let me know how your cinnamon swirls turn out!
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