All, Food, The Challenges

Trying to bake healthy fail

Liz: This is exactly why I love our little transcontinental blog so much: the outcomes of what we create and photograph are SO different! Last weekend I was in the mood for a fluffy, delicious, sweet cinnamon bread. I had the taste already in my mind, even before I had put the ingredients in the bowl. I had kind of imagined how it would be and that’s exactly how it turned out! Doughs with yeast can be tricky (right Jewels?!) but this dough did everything it was supposed to do. So I was pretty happy when I suggested the Sweet Cinnamon Bread to Jewels. She looked at the recipe and wrote back „This sounds so unhealthy! I’m going to make a healthy version!“
When I saw Jewels‘ picture I really had to laugh out loud! We did choose the same perspective and the dark props but the outcome is so different! Tell us Jewels, was your bread fluffy, delicious and cinnamon-y? 😉

Jewels: No. My bread tasted exactly like what it looks like: dry, dense, not sweet, and overall just not good. Most of it landed in the trash. I hate throwing food away! Is it not possible to make a healthy sweet bread? I used spelt flour instead of white flour. Plus I replaced the white sugar with maple sirup. My dear Vollwertfreunde: How come spelt flour doesn’t rise at all? I gave it so much time and lovin‘ but it didn’t move an inch. Do I really have to live without sweet fluffy bread if I want to live a healthy life? Please tell me!

Here is the recipe:
1/2 cube fresh yeast (Jewels used dry yeast)
3 oz lukewarm milk
280 g white flour (Jewels used spelt flour)
40 g soft butter
25 g sugar (Jewels used maple sirup)
1 egg
a tiny bit of salt

30 g melted butter
40 g white sugar (Jewels used brown sugar)
1 tbsp cinnamon

Dissolve the yeast in the milk. Pour the flour into a bowl and egg the yeast-milk-mix. Add butter, sugar, egg, and salt and knead the mix into a nice dough. Cover up with a tea towel and let it sit in a warm corner for 30mins. Grease up a baking pan.
Roll out the dough into a rectangular shape and spread the melted butter on it. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top. Roll up the dough from its long side and cut the roll in half through the long side. Braid the two rolls around one another and put the whole thing into the baking pan. Let sit for another 30mins.
Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Put a cover on the pan and bake the bread for about 25mins or until it’s golden brown.


PS: the little dark plate I used for the butter is from 3punktF!