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Two variations upon yogurt bread... it can be done!

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Erzsebet Gilbert

Two variations upon yogurt bread... it can be done!

Hello, everybody!  


This begins with a resounding thank-you to user jannrn for asking a question and giving me an excellent idea...  A week ago, I posted about my Greek Fennel, Yogurt, and Honey Bread, and sweetly Jan told me she liked the photographs but hated fennel (I'm really the only person I know who does!).  She asked about alternate flavors, which got me to thinking...  


Here is a picture of the original fennel bread:



But after Jan's comment, I decided to experiment in a couple of ways with its basic formula, which is available on the old post too.  As before, these recipes are for individual loaves, but easily multiplied


My husband, David, adores onions (he could eat them like apples), so here:


For Love's Sake Onion Bread




Ingredients:  


165 grams flour


3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast


3/4 teaspoon sugar


3/4 teaspoon salt


1 teaspoon powdered onion soup mix (a huge thanks to floydm's onion braid for this idea!)


dough enhancers: 2 teaspoons vital wheat gluten, pinch of ginger, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


2 oz. warm water


1 cup total yogurt (2 oz. + 2 teaspoons yogurt for dough)


1 onion 


Instructions:


First, prepare the onion-yogurt blend.  Place 1 cup yogurt and 1 onion (but reserve slices for topping) in a food processor.  Blend well, until mixed.  


Whisk a little bit of the flour, yeast, sugar, and dough enhancers in water, and allow to autolyze.


Add salt, soup powder, the rest of the flour, and 2 oz. + 2 teaspoons of the onion yogurt blend.  Reserve the rest of the yogurt blend as a fantastic dip/spread!


Knead for 15 minutes, until the dough is elastic and will not break if stretched.  


Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and allow to rise, covered, for 1/2 - 2 hours or until doubled.


Remove dough from bowl and give it several soft kneadings and envelope turns.  On a lightly greased baking sheet, shape into a boule.


Allow to rise for 45 minutes or so, while preheating the oven to 210 degrees Celsius.  


Before baking, brush with milk and arrange onion slices on top as desired.


Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, with an inner temperature of 205 degrees Celsius.  Enjoy!  Trust me, it sounds strange, but the yogurt-onion blend is amazing!


Or: Harvest Apple and Spice Bread




(okay, I know this bread looks really stupid and like a first grader made it.  I got dumb and silly, but it was still so tasty!)


Unlike David, I love actual apples.  Moreover, we have the dried fruit resulting from ten or so pounds of them (an unexpected and enormous present from our neighbors), and I'd better use some up.  So...


165 grams flour


3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast



2 teaspoons honey


1 teaspoon salt


1 teaspoon cinnamon


1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


dough enhancers: 2 teaspoons vital wheat gluten, pinch of ginger, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


1 cup total yogurt (2 oz. + 2 teaspoons yogurt for dough)


1/2 ripe red apple


2 oz warm water


2 tablespoons chopped dried apples, plus extra for decoration



First, blend the yogurt with the 1/2 apple until very smooth.  



Whisk a little bit of the flour, yeast, honey, and dough enhancers in water, and allow to autolyze.


Add salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, the rest of the flour, and 2 oz. + 2 teaspoons of the apple-yogurt blend.  The rest make a pretty good spread!


Knead for 15 minutes, until the dough is elastic and will not break if stretched.  


Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and allow to rise, covered, for 1/2 - 2 hours or until doubled.


Remove dough from bowl and give it several soft kneadings and envelope turns.  On a lightly greased baking sheet, shape into a boule.


Allow to rise for 45 minutes or so, while preheating the oven to 210 degrees Celsius.  


Before baking, brush with milk and decorate with bits of dried apple, though you don't have to make it as dumb-looking as mine!


Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, with an inner temperature of 205 degrees Celsius. Hope you like it!



This, by the way:



is the original crumb from the fennel bread, and I had identical results with the onion and apple variations, including the satisfaction!  And thanks again to Jan for the idea!

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SylviaH

I love onions and apples and the decorated tops are very appealing!


Sylvia

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AnnaInMD

picture perfect onion bread. Proofed it for 12 hours, it was awsome. Actually I forgot to take out the steaming water and the result was a very thin and cripsy crust with a beautiful crumb.  My dear husband comes home and was starving, didn't turn on the kitchen light and cut off the whole bottom !!!  and then cut it in half. Oh no, my perfect loaf.


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Erzsebet Gilbert

Aaah!  I'm so sorry you're gorgeous loaf met a sorry end... but I will picture it in my mind...  and I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe!  I've been experimenting with the basic joghurt "template" of the dough, and it fits well with so many things - I would love to see a picture of your loaves (before somebody devours them!) and hear anything you enjoy!  Blessings,


Erzsebet