How to make Solstice Bread

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How to make Solstice Bread: Winter Solstice, the day with the least daylight and the longest night, as good a reason as any to put your woolly socks on, burrow under a blanket, pop a feel good movie on the telly and get your snack on! I love bread! I think if I was marooned on an island and could choose only one food for the rest of my life…it would be bread! there really is no substitute for that straight out of the oven, warm doughy delight (I’m making myself hungry!) I like to serve this with Butter, Olives and cooked meats and a selection of cheeses and if that wasn’t enough… I even place a ramekin of dipping sauce in the centre…I never liked my size tens anyway!

How to shape Solstice bread

Making the Bread sun is the fun part. Simply shape a hoop and cut sections at a downward 60 degree angle around 2/3 deep(see video below).

How to make a bread wreath

Turn each section outward to create a sun burst effect

How to make Solstice bread

Set aside to puff up for 30 minutes. Then dust with flour, brush egg wash in the hollow of each cut and on the tip of each point. Sprinkle sesame seeds on each point, then bake!

So beautiful, and should you wish to share (no pressure!) each section is easily pulled away.

Homemade bread wreath

Give it a try and let me know how you got on in the comments, or tag me on Instagram I would love to see your creations.

Tools used

Baking tray, Baking Liner, Kitchen Scissors, Proving Bowls, dough scrapers, mixing bowl, flour sieve

Solstice Bread

Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time25 mins

Ingredients

340 mls of warm water

1 x sachet of Quick action yeast (7g)

400g of Plain Flour

1 1/2 tsp of Salt

    Instructions

    1. In a large bowl whisk together the warm water and yeast. Let it rest for 15 minutes

    2. In a separate bowl mix the flour and salt together, then add to the yeast mix, stir to combine until a dough forms.

    3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, if it feels too wet add sprinkles of flour until workable.

    4. Knead the dough for 5 minutes until smooth stretchy.

    5. Place into an oiled bowl or proving bowl, cover and allow to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size.

    6. After rise divide the dough in 2.

    7. Shape each into a long roll, then loop to make a circle ( see video)

    8. With clean kitchen scissors cut deep notches at a 60° degree angle, then turn each section outward ( see video) to create a sun shape.

    9. Cover with cling film and allow to rest for 30 minutes to puff up.

    10. Preheat the oven to 200°c

    11. Make an egg wash ( 1 egg & 1 tbsp of water mixed together)

    12. Brush the egg wash on the tip of each sunray point, and in the hollow of every cut ( see video)

    13. Sprinkle Sesame seeds on the end of every point ( see video)

    14. Pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes

    Add a dip of your choice in the centre of the sun and serve.

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