Flower Bread Recipe
The first bread that comes to mind when Ramadan is mentioned is undoubtedly Ramadan pide. It is also one of my favorite breads. Another piece of bread that I love so much is flower bread. I love both the store bought and the home made. Actually, I think what I really like is that there is sesame seeds and black cumin on the bread. They leave a mark on my palate with their smell before eating and their taste while eating.
Whether it is a Ramadan pide or a flower bread, the most desirable form is of course the fresh ones that have not lost their warmth and crunch. It is possible to drizzle for a few minutes whether by applying butter, or putting a piece of cheese in between. In this respect, maybe even simit can be included in this group. But let's not distract the subject, our topic is flower bread.
The inside of the flower bread should be soft like cotton, and the crust should be thin and crispy. This is the same, just as it should be. It takes the softness of the inside from milk and butter, and the crunchiness of the outer from molasses. As a matter of fact, it is good that I have mentioned the name of the simit in this respect. As you know, simit is baked after covered with a mixture of water and molasses in the same way.
When you remove the flower bread out of the oven, it will keep its crispness for about half an hour to forty-five minutes, and then it will start to soften. If you want to eat it with that crispy texture, you can determine the preparation time in the light of this information. I do not recommend preparing the dough beforehand and keeping it in the fridge.
- 2.5 cups of all purpose flour,
- 1 cup of warm milk,
- 1 tablespoon of butter,
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast,
- 1 teaspoon of sugar,
- 1 teaspoon of salt,
- For topping, 1 teaspoon of molasses, 1 tablespoon of water, sesame seeds and black cumin.
- Melt the butter,
- In a deep bowl, mix water, melted butter, yeast and sugar,
- Add the flour little by little and start mixing,
- After adding almost half of the flour, add salt and knead with the flour,
- Add the remaining flour little by little, controlling the consistency of the dough and knead until you get a soft dough that does not stick to the hand,
- Roll up the dough and cover, rest for 45 mins.,
- Knead the dough again and divide it into 7 equal pieces,
- Roll the pieces and place them in the shape of a flower on a tray covered with wax paper putting space between them to rise,
- Place the baking tray in the oven together with a bowl of boiling water and rest for 20-30 mins.,
- Remove the tray out of the oven and heat the oven to 180 C degrees,
- In the meantime, mix the molasses and water and brush the bread with it,
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and black cumin,
- Put it back in the oven with the bowl full of water and cook until the top is browned,
- Remove it from the oven and wait for it to cool on a rack.