I like brunch. I like brunch foods. I like that you can eat a cinnamon roll with a lobster frittata and no one judges you. I have been needing some new items to add to my repertoire though. I saw this recipe on honestlyyum.com and I thought I would give it a whirl. I will also say (but if you read this blog with any regularity than you know this already) I am kind of obsessed with the Tovolo Pastry Mat and so consequently I have been obsessed with dough.
This little gem of a brunch item has SO many filling options it will become my and hopefully your new rock-star brunch dish. It is also perfect for an afternoon snack with tea or cocoa! The one I made had raspberry jam and a cream cheesy type filling but the original recipe had blackberries. Obviously, you can use any type of fruit and if cardamom is not your thing you could leave it out or sub cinnamon. OR if you made a savory version you could add a little crushed black pepper or thyme to the dough and it would take on a whole new level. SO MANY OPTIONS!
The texture was really lovely. It was not too sweet and reminded me of a very European style breakfast pastry. Not flaky like a croissant or Danish but more like the texture of a Challah bread. Similar consistency to a cinnamon roll dough but not as sweet. The filling was creamy but not heavy and the jam added a nice mouth feel. I loved the cardamom seeds in the dough - it added just a little unexpected pop of flavor in your already party of a mouth.
The recipe was very easy to follow. The dough rises twice so you do have to plan a little but the execution of the braid was very simple. If you are using a Tovolo Silicone Pastry Mat please remember not to use a knife directly on the silicone. The Tovolo Sccop & Spread is a perfect dough cutting tool. You could also use the Tovolo Pizza Cutter because it has both a Stainless Steel blade (not silicone mat friendly) and a plastic blade (silicone mat friendly) that is perfect for non-stick surfaces. Also, if you don't have a mixer with a dough hook, the Tovolo Dough Whisk and your hands work just as well. Kneading bread dough is an amazing stress reliever!
The cutest part of this braiding experiment was after the breads were baked my grand nephew came over for a Cocoa Party. I was in the Northeast and we had just gotten about 6 inches of fresh snow. We took a very snowy tromp around the neighborhood, made some cocoa, and ate warm Cardamom bread! Perfect afternoon!
Ingredients for the bread:
Ingredients for the filling and topping:
I am including the link to honestlyyum.com because their photos are stellar and if you need help with the braiding the pictures break it down nicely.