Baking | Savoury Hungarian Kalács, Twisted Buns; Sweet Yeasted Nutella, Marmalade & Almond Praline Skillet Bread… bread art with the Daring Bakers

“In the history of art there are periods when bread seems so beautiful that it nearly gets into museums.”  Janet Flanner

Savoury  Hungarian Kalács, Twisted Buns; Sweet Yeasted  Nutella, Marmalade & Almond Praline Skillet Bread... bread art with the Daring BakersSavoury  Hungarian Kalács, Twisted Buns; Sweet Yeasted  Nutella, Marmalade & Almond Praline Skillet Bread … it was a LOT of bread baking for someone who’s been off all purpose flour for a while now. Yet the Daring Bakers challenge this month made me sit up and take notice. Bread art? Huh? Why had I missed it all along?

Warning: Long post with lots of delicious bread!

Twisted Buns; bread art with the Daring Bakers

Beauty surrounded the Daring Bakers this month as our host, Sawsan, of chef in disguise, challenged us to make beautiful, filled breads. Who knew breads could look as great as they taste?

Savoury  Hungarian Kalács ... bread art with the Daring BakersSo much so for being a baker and being passionate about it. I do love artisan breads and rustic whole grain breads of all sorts, but one look at The pinterest board of Chef in Disguise had me smitten. I dusted the cobwebs off, crawled out from under the rock and entered an area I didn’t know even existed! 

Whole Wheat Bread 3Not sure about the origins, but from the pins shared on the board, bread art appears to have roots in East Europe, Ukraine and Russia, though I might well be wrong. The only downside is that beautiful breads for bread art need smooth dough {read plain flour} as they involve intricate cutwork and folding etc. In the end the bread is a sight to behold!

Savoury  Hungarian Kalács, Twisted Buns; bread art with the Daring BakersThis challenge is just a beginning for me;  I might well try bread art in the near future with part whole grain dough. For a first time, this was fun, although my efforts didn’t result in very stunning ‘bread art’. That said,  making the Savoury  Hungarian Kalács, Twisted Buns; Sweet Yeasted  Nutella, Marmalade & Almond Praline Skillet Bread was very enjoyable. They were extremely delicious too!

Twisted Buns; bread art with the Daring Bakers My love for savoury food meant that Savoury  Hungarian Kalács were going to happen very soon, the recipe adapted minimally from here. It’s a really nice dough to work with, and I flavoured it to add a burst of garlic and cheese. Loads of garlic and some mature cheese later, the dough smelt delicious; it was smooth and supple.

Savoury  Hungarian Kalács ... bread art with the Daring Bakers Every flour absorbs liquid a little differently and my dough wasn’t very firm. It baked fine though! I chose to keep the bread vegetarian, so adjusted fillings accordingly.Savoury  Hungarian Kalács, Twisted Buns; bread art with the Daring Bakers The original recipe for Savoury  Hungarian Kalács is a non vegetarian version and much prettier too. It shines with an almost gold hue due to the egg wash which I skipped.

Twisted Buns; bread art with the Daring Bakers The taste? Excellent! It was a battle to keep the kids off my precious bread! One finger gone, then another, and another… it was addictive good they claimed, the best bread ever! So cheesy and garlicky declared junior. Just one more piece begged senior! 

Twisted Buns; bread art with the Daing Bakers 4The Savoury  Hungarian Kalács were declared winners! And so were the little Twisted Buns … just two of them with leftover dough. Really interesting to make, and just enough for a handy dinner for the kids. Thought I’d serve them with crumb fried chicken and a salad on the side.

Twisted Buns; bread art with the Daring Bakers Time wasn’t my best friend as usual, so I sliced them horizontally and grilled them into chicken sandwiches! Best sandwich ever declared the lad; I’ve never had better flavour! All was good and I was pleased at such an inspired Daring Baker challenge!

Sweet Yeasted  Nutella, Marmalade & Almond Praline Skillet Bread... bread art with the Daring BakersEgged on by the brilliance of experiment number one, I decided to use the same dough for a sweet version, albeit just half the dough. ‘We’ love sweet stuff in the PAB household, so this was fun again! I had ideas for flavours, and they reminded me of an all time favourite bread, the Povitica!Sweet Yeasted  Nutella, Marmalade & Almond Praline Skillet Bread... bread art with the Daring Bakers In went anything and everything on hand…that half tub of Nutella left over from an eggless chocolate pudding experiment, some almond nut praline in the freezer ex a recent recipe development, and some homemade bitter kumquat marmalade! Kumquats are in season {read abundance} and I LOVE using them!

Sweet Yeasted  Nutella, Marmalade & Almond Praline Skillet Bread... bread art with the Daring Bakers Even though the bread didn’t look like a piece of perfect art, it tasted brilliant. Such a great combination of flavours, sweet just right, the crunch from the pralines, the undertones of the bitter kumquat marmaladebrilliant! Sweet Yeasted  Nutella, Marmalade & Almond Praline Skillet Bread... bread art with the Daring Bakers

I was so glad I pushed my limits to try both savoury and sweet versions of bread art this month. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Sawsan. Do stop by here and check out the fab bread art the talented Daring Bakers have drawn up! Thank you too Ivonne of  Cream Puffs in Venice for hosting this fab kitchen!!

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Recipe: Savoury  Hungarian Kalács & Twisted Buns your picture

Summary: These Savoury  Hungarian Kalács make great party of finger foods and are bursting with flavour. Use fillings of your choice to play around. This savoury bread is sure to please! The Twisted Buns are another variation using the same dough and filling. Serves 8-10

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes plus rising time Ingredients:

  • Savoury dough
  • 325g all purpose flour
  • 25g Grana Padano {or parmesan}, grated
  • 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 200g milk, tepid
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15ml yogurt
  • 40 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Filling
  • 50g cheese spread
  • 1 small bunch fresh oregano
  • 2 small fresh red chillies {or 1 tsp red chili flakes}
  • 50g walnuts, finely chopped
  • 75g mature cheddar, grated
  • 15ml milk {or 1 beaten egg} for wash
  • 10g melon seeds {or sesame, pumpkin etc}
  • 20 ml extra virgin olive oil to brush over

Method

  1. Savoury  Kalács
  2. Place the flour, Grana Padano {or Parmesan}, yeast and salt in the bowl of food processor and pulse on high speed to mix.
  3. Add the milk, cloves, garlic and yogurt and knead to a smooth dough.
  4. Rest for 15 minutes, then knead in olive oil. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, seal with cling wrap and leave in a warm place for dough to double.
  5. Assemble
  6. Once the dough has doubled, preheat the oven to 200C.
  7. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  8. Divide the dough into two.On the lightly floured surface {or on parchment paper}, roll one half into an 10″ circle.{My tray wasn’t big enough, so I kept reserved some dough to make twisted buns with the same filling.
  9. Transfer the circle to the baking sheet and spread the cheese spread uniformly. Sprinkle over chopped fresh herbs and red chillies, followed by the walnuts, and finally the cheddar.
  10. Roll the other half of the dough to another 10″ circle and place over the first half, pressing down gently.
  11. Place a glass in the centre and cut the remaining dough 4 times, then divide each into a further 4. You will get a total of 16 spokes {refer pictures}
  12. Gently lift each spoke and twist it 3 times. Brush over with milk gently and sprinkle melon seeds over the centre. {You can always brush with a beaten egg to get a beautiful glow. I wanted to keep the bread vegetarian}.
  13. Bake for 30-35 minutes until light golden brown and firm to touch.
  14. Cool on tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to rack. Serve warm or room temperature.
  15. For Twisted buns, please see this image on the Chef-in-disguise bread art pinterest board {the board is a visual treat!}

Recipe: Sweet Yeasted  Nutella, Marmalade & Almond Praline Skillet Bread your picture

Summary: This yeasted sweet bread is bursting with delightful Nutella and praline flavours, with gentle undertones of bitter kumquat marmalade. This is a winner at an tea table. Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes plus rising time Ingredients:

  • Sweet dough {can be easily doubled}
  • 160g all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 100ml milk, tepid
  • 5ml {1 tsp} yogurt
  • 20g unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling
  • 100g Nutella
  • 100g almond praline, coarse ground {or walnuts, chopped}
  • 50g bitter orange marmalade
  • 25g unsalted butter, melted, cooled

Method:

  1. Dough
  2. Place the flour and yeast in the bowl of food processor and pulse on high speed to mix.
  3. Add the milk, yogurt and butter and knead to a smooth dough.
  4. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, seal with cling wrap and leave in a warm place for dough to double.
  5. Once the dough has doubled, preheat the oven to 200C.
  6. Line a skillet or round tin with parchment paper.
  7. Roll the dough into a large rectangle over a floured surface. Dont make it too thin or it will be impossible to spread the filling.
  8. With an offset spatula, spread the Nutella over the entire surface, followed by the bitter kumquat marmalade, then the melted butter ans finally the praline.
  9. Begin rolling the longer length up, nice and tight to get a long rope.
  10. With a sharp knife, slice vertically down the center to get two long open end stirps.
  11. Intertwine the two, cut side facing up to make a braid of some sort. Pinch the open ends together.
  12. Wind the two together to form a circle and transfer to parchment lined skillet.
  13. Preheat oven to 200c.
  14. Place skillet in hot oven and bake for 30 minutes, until crisp, gooey and golden.
  15. Cool in skillet for 30-45 minutes before gently easing out with a fish slice or offset spatula.

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.

19 Comments

  • 2 years ago

    Wowo i love all of them. Each of them are real beautifues.
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  • 2 years ago

    These are simply gorgeous, in every way, shape, flavour and form!
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  • Deeba I am truly honored that you loved this challenge
    You are always a source of inspiration for me and the fact that you enjoyed the challenge so much brings me great joy
    All your beautiful works of art are breath taking!
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  • 2 years ago

    Amazing and beautiful recipes! Savory bread sounds so delicious!
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  • 2 years ago

    yummy, tasty buns. Lovely. Nice clicks.

  • 2 years ago

    just beautiful Deeba!!! love this récipe and love your shots!! xxxxx
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  • 2 years ago

    Oh! So! Beautiful! But then what’s new? I must bake bread again.. even if it is to share with friend’s and neighbors. I am gonna go bury myself in flour. THUD 😀
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  • 2 years ago

    More beautiful photography and delicious treats from your kitchen Deeba! Stunning is all I can say. I have some fresh yeast that I need to use up so I will give Kalacs a go though I may need to stuff it with a chicken or mince meat filling to satisfy the appetite of my teenage son…
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    • 2 years ago

      LOL Selma, I know exactly what you mean. Did another healthier version but with grilled chicken today. It disappeared!

  • 2 years ago

    OMG Deeba soy fan de nutela su cake es maravilloso la invito a mi blog,saludos.

  • 2 years ago

    Mouthwatering! All of your creations look fabulous.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • 2 years ago

    Hi Deeba,

    I am no cook, rather a student that eats rice all week, but now I am going to need to beg my mom to at least try this out. Looks delicious.
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    • 2 years ago

      Thank you for those inspiring words Amiti, and for stopping by!

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  • 2 years ago

    Yummy treat as always. These look absolutely adorable and so inviting.

  • 2 years ago

    Love the texture of the bread and pralines are my favorite

  • akanksha
    2 years ago

    hi….looks yummy…thankx for sharing such an awesome recipe. and beautiful creations

  • akanksha
    2 years ago

    v beautiful creation. thankx for sharing

  • Ruchi
    10 months ago

    Hi Deeba

    Stunning as always. I had a query- is it possible to make these without the parmesan or could it be replaced with cheddar?

    Thanks
    Ruchi

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