Thursday, January 16, 2020

Arkatena Bread with the BBB


We tried a very interesting bread this month!  It involved making a scratch starter using chickpea flour, a.k.a. gram flour, chana dal flour, or besan.  I did the three day process and did end up with a starter that perked and puffed up and started to smell like a starter.  It was pretty cool.  But somewhere along the line, that starter decided to peter out and I ended up with a brick.  Actually the first time I ended up with pink starter, likely because I tried adding in some ginger like the traditional regional method uses.  Pink is not a good color in a ferment.  Threw that one out, the second one perked very nicely until I made the final dough and then either died or started eating protein.  So I went with a slightly modified method that uses just a small amount of established sourdough starter to inoculate the starter with the proper cultures to raise a loaf of bread.


It worked very well and turned out a tasty loaf, so that is the method I will share first.  An added benefit is the reduced time needed for the starter.  Since there is an established starter involved, the process is reduced from three days to merely one.  I will also recommend, for my own reminder as well, to use rice flour when flouring a banneton/brotform.  It so nicely alleviates any dough sticking problems and I should never just cross my fingers and use regular flour again.  Nothing worse than deflating a beautifully risen loaf while trying to tease it out of a sticking banneton.  My loaf would certainly have been taller, had it not been tediously scraped, however gently, out of mine.  No matter though, it still tasted fine and had a very nice crumb.  It made fantastic poached eggs on toast, something I grew up with.  Almost like an English muffin bread texture.  I really liked it toasted.  This would also be great bread for any soup, stew, chili, curry, etc., that would appreciate a dipping bread accompaniment.


All my whole wheat flour was freshly ground, (#Mockmill), as well as my chickpea flour, though I actually ended up using toor dal instead of chana dal, because I had it on hand.  They are similar enough species that I believe it makes no difference.


We would love for you to be adventurous with us and join in as a buddy baker this month!  You don't have to have a blog to participate, a picture will do. Just send a picture or your post of your finished loaf to blog from OUR kitchen by the 29th of this month. Be sure to put BBBuddy in the subject line. You will receive a Bread Baking Buddy graphic to keep or add to your post, and be included in our Buddy round up at the end of the month. New recipes are posted every month on the 16th. Check out our Facebook group to see the participants' baking results during that time.


Arkatena Bread
based on Andrew Whitley's recipe for Arkatena Bread in "Bread Matters" 
method taken from Hanseata on the Fresh Loaf
makes one loaf

FIRST STEP LEAVEN (45 g)
5 g whole wheat or rye starter (I used 15 g, a small spoonful)
15 g water
15 g garbanzo (chickpea) flour (freshly ground)

SECOND STEP LEAVEN (91 g)
45 g all first step leaven
19 g water
23 g whole wheat flour (freshly ground sprouted white wheat)
4 g garbanzo (chickpea) flour (freshly ground)

PRODUCTION LEAVEN (300 g)
91 g all second step leaven
68 g water
28 g whole wheat flour (freshly ground sprouted white wheat and sprouted kamut)
28 g garbanzo (chickpea) flour (freshly ground)
85 g all-purpose flour

FINAL DOUGH
100 g whole wheat flour (freshly ground sprouted kamut)
300 g all-purpose flour
10 g salt
300 g water
1 - 2 g fennel seeds  (I muddled mine a little with a mortar and pestle)
300 g production leaven (all)

DAY 1:

Prepare 3-step starter. Let the first step leaven sit for ~6 hours, the second one for ~4 - 6 hours, and production leaven for ~4 - 6 hours, or overnight.  My times were closer to 4 hours, 4 hours, and overnight.  This yields a very stiff starter.

DAY 2:

Mix a dough with all ingredients except fennel and production leaven, 8 - 10 minutes. Dough should be soft and elastic.  Add stiff starter and fennel, and work a few minutes more until smooth, but still somewhat sticky.

Transfer dough to a moistened work surface, cover with an upturned bowl (sprayed with water). Let rest for 1 hour.  I let mine rest in the workbowl of my mixer.

Stretch & fold, using a scraper in each hand.  I did a number of folds on a floured board, until I had a nice gluten cloak developed.  Dip dough ball gently in a bowl with whole wheat flour, so that it's completely covered.  Place in floured proofing basket, seam side up.  Again, I recommend flouring the proofing basket with rice flour to prevent sticking.  Let proof for 3 - 5 hours (poke test, mine took less than 3 hours).

Preheat oven to 425ºF/220ºC, including steam pan. Invert basket onto parchment lined baking sheet. Score 2 - 3 times.

Bake for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 400ºF/200ºC, and continue baking for 10 minutes.  Remove steam, rotate, and bake for another 20 - 25 minutes. I used the inverted roaster method for mine, spraying the inside with water and placing over the loaf to steam it for the first 15 minutes, then removing for the remainder of the bake.





Chickpea Starter (3 day process method)

Day 1
17g chickpea flour (aka gram flour, garbanzo flour, besan)
23g water

Day 2
all the starter from Day 1 (total of 40g)
17g chickpea flour
23g water

Day 3
all the starter from Days 1&2 (total of 80g)
46g 100% wholewheat flour
35g water

Leavener

50g wholewheat flour
50g chickpea flour
145g unbleached all-purpose flour and 5g vital wheat gluten (or 150g bread flour)
all the bubbling arkatena starter from above (161 grams)
120g water

Actual Dough

100g whole wheat flour
290g unbleached all-purpose flour and 10g vital wheat gluten (or 300g bread flour)
10g wheat germ (omit if you mill your own flour)
300g water, divided (keep back 25g for adding the salt)
all the leavener (531 grams)
10g sea salt
2g fennel seeds

Topping

water
sesame seeds

chickpea starter: 
In the late afternoon, three days before you will be baking the bread: Put 17g chickpea flour and 23g water into a medium-sized bowl. Mix together with a wooden spoon. Cover and leave in the oven with only the light turned on.

In the late afternoon, two days before you will be baking the bread: Use a wooden spoon to stir 17g chickpea flour and 23g water into the mixture in the bowl. Re-cover the bowl and leave in the oven with only the light turned on.

In the late afternoon, one day before you will be baking the bread: Use a wooden spoon to stir 46g wholewheat flour and 35g water into the mixture in the bowl. Re-cover the bowl and leave in the oven with only the light turned on.
 
leavener:
In the late evening of the day before you will be baking the bread, put all the leavener ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and stir with a wooden spoon to create a firm dough.  Cover and leave overnight at room temperature. The leavener is ready when it has "expanded appreciably but not collapsed on itself".

A progression of my three day starter, each time rising well.
Upper left, just chickpea flour and water, puffed and starting
to fall.  Upper right, after adding day 3 whole wheat.  Bottom
Left, the production leaven, and bottom right after rising overnight.


 actual dough:
In the morning of the day you will be baking the bread: Put flours, wheat germ, the leavener, and all but 25 grams of water into a large mixing bowl. Stir with a dough whisk or wooden spoon. Cover and set aside for 30 to 40 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk the salt into the final 25 grams water. Pour the salt mixture over the dough.

Kneading: Gradually mix the salt and water into the dough until it comes back together. Cover and leave to rest for about 30 minutes.

Stretching and folding the dough: Turn the bowl as you fold and re-fold the dough into the center. Cover and leave on the counter (or if the kitchen is quite cool, into the oven with only the light turned on). Repeat the folding step about 3 times in all at 30 minute intervals. The dough will feel significantly smoother after each turn. After the final folding, the dough is ready to pre-shape.

Pre-shaping: Scatter a light dusting of all-purpose flour on the board and gently place the dough onto the board. Fold the dough over in half, gently patting off any extra flour that might be there. Continue folding in half until the dough is shaped in a ball. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rest for about 30 minutes.

Shaping and adding the topping: Without breaking the skin of the dough, use the dough scraper under the edges of the sides to tighten the dough ball further. Run hands under cold water. Poke a hole the center of the ball to form a ring, then gently rub the top of the ring to wet it thoroughly. Cover the top with a single layer of sesame seeds. Lightly spray again before putting the shaped loaf onto a piece of parchment paper (or into a rice-floured brotform). Cover again and let sit for an hour or so to allow the loaf to almost double.  This is when my loaf decided to just flop.  It got significantly more loose and only wanted to spread.  There was no puff at all and I suspect the wrong type of cultures might have been present.  Those that eat protein rather than leaven.

Baking: To know when it's time to bake, run your index finger under water and gently but firmly press it on the side of the bread. If the dough springs back immediately, recover the bread with the tea towel and leave it in the oven with only the light turned on. If the dough gradually returns back after being pressed, leave the tray on the counter. Put cast-iron combo cooker and/or baking stone on the middle shelf of the oven and preheat to 400F. When the oven is preheated about fifteen minutes later:
Combo Cooker: Use the parchment paper to lift the shaped loaf into the frying pan part of the combo cooker. Immediately put the hot deep-sided pan of the combo cooker on top as a lid. Put the bread in the oven and immediately turn the oven down to 375F. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue baking for another 30 minutes, until the crust is a lovely dark golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when knuckle-rapped on the bottom.
Freeform on Baking Stone: Transfer the shaped loaf (including the parchment paper) onto the hot stone. Place an overturned stainless steel mixing bowl to cover the bread. Immediately turn the oven down to 375F. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue baking for another 30 minutes, until the crust is a lovely dark golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when knuckle-rapped on the bottom.

My poor 3-day loaf.  It had good color, but was a dense brick.
Super heavy and difficult to even slice.  Boohoo!
Cooling: When the bread has finished baking, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool on a footed rack before slicing and eating. The bread is still cooking internally when first removed from the oven! If you wish to serve warm bread (of course you do), reheat it after it has cooled completely: To reheat any uncut bread, turn the oven to 400F for 5 minutes or so. Turn the oven OFF. Put the bread into the hot oven for about ten minutes. This will rejuvenate the crust and warm the crumb perfectly.

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Approximate nutrition for one piece:
(This will be generally one whole piece for the ends, or half of one long middle slice.  About 38-46g)


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Seeded Sprouted Wheat Loaf #BreadBakers



Our BreadBakers challenge this month was to bake something using sprouted flour.  (Thank you Sue of Palatable Pastime, for hosting!)  I already use sprouted flour, freshly ground, quite often, so this was nice for me.  (For those interested, I order my whole sprouted grains from To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. which has grains available both whole and ground into flour.  Not an affiliate link, I just use and love their products.)  I did make some sprouted flour scones, with 100% sprouted white wheat, but that recipe still needs tweaking for my taste.  So we went with a nice, seedy sandwich loaf that is a good 60% sprouted flour.  The recipe had just popped up recently in my email from Red Star yeast, very good timing!  I originally thought I might do another loaf but loved the sound of this and had everything except the poppy seeds.  I can always add them next time or just go with flax alone, everyone loves flax seed bread in my family, pepitas are a toss up.  This was an easy loaf with a soft and slightly delicate crumb, but still firm enough to stand up to a schmear of fresh butter, and brilliant when toasted.  It will make fabulous sandwiches.


Seeded Sprouted Wheat Loaf
makes one sandwich loaf
from Red Star Yeast

2 cups (240g) sprouted wheat flour (I used 120g fresh ground sprouted kamut and 120g fresh ground sprouted white wheat)
1¼ cups (159g) bread flour, divided (I used all purpose flour)
1 (0.25-ounce) package (7 g) Platinum Yeast
1½ tsp (4.5g) kosher salt (needed more, will use 7-8g next time)
2 tbsp (42g) honey
2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (softened is fine)
1 cup (240g) lukewarm water (110°F)
¼ cup (36g) plus 1 tbsp (9 grams) pumpkin seeds, divided
1 tbsp (9g) plus 1½ tsp (4.5 grams) golden flax seeds, divided
1 tbsp (9g) plus 1½ tsp (4.5 grams) sesame seeds, divided
1 tbsp (9g) plus 1½ tsp (4.5 grams) poppy seeds, divided (I was out, so omitted this)
4 tbsp (60g) water, divided

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together the sprouted wheat flour, 1 cup (127g) bread flour, yeast, and salt by hand.  Add honey and softened or melted butter. Add 1 cup (240g) water, and beat at low speed until dough comes together. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup (36 grams) pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp (9g) flax seeds, 1 tbsp (9g) sesame seeds, and 1 tbsp (9g) poppy seeds. Stir in 3 tbsp (45g) warm water and let soak for 30 minutes.

Add soaked seed mixture and remaining ¼ cup (32g) bread flour to sprouted wheat flour mixture. Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at low speed until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. This took more like 18 minutes for me, hydration was slightly higher, maybe due to the missing poppy seeds or use of ap flour and I did add another ~¼ cup of flour.  Check for proper gluten development using the windowpane test.

Shape dough into a smooth ball, and place back in bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.  (I gave mine a couple folds during this time to strengthen the gluten.)

Butter an 8½x4½-inch loaf pan.

Lightly form dough into an 8x7-inch oval, and place horizontally in front of you. Starting with top edge, fold top third of dough to center, pressing to seal, then fold bottom third over folded portion, pressing to seal. Fold dough in half lengthwise so long edges meet. Using the heel of your hand, firmly press edges to seal. Place seam side down in prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Gently brush remaining 1 tbsp (15g) water on top of loaf. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tbsp (9g) pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle with remaining 1½ tsp (4.5g) flax seeds, remaining 1½ tsp (4.5g) sesame seeds, and remaining 1½ tsp (4.5g) poppy seeds. Using a lame or razor blade, score top of loaf with two diagonal cuts.

Bake until golden brown and hollow sounding when thumped on the bottom.  An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 205°F (96°C), 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.



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#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all of our lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

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At some point we will revisit those scones!

 Approximate nutrition for one slice of bread:


Friday, December 20, 2019

Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies





I found this recipe quite a few years back and have made it every Christmas since.  The original blog that posted it no longer exists, but fortunately I had saved a copy of the recipe!  It's so simple and easy, with a lovely subtle earl grey scent that comes after the first bite or so.  I like it so much I increased the tea by a bag.  They are lovely with tea or coffee, lightly sweet, and because they are shortbread, they last beautifully and freeze just as well.   The one admonition I will leave you with is to find real chocolate sprinkles!  I love the De Ruijter brand which can be found at Costplus World Market or online.  India Tree is another brand with an acceptable ingredient list.  If you want to go for something expensive, there is also the Callebaut brand vermicelli.  Just don't get the artificial, waxy, "chocolate flavored", chemical smorgasbord jimmies by Wilton, Cake Mate, or Betty Crocker, (basically your typical grocery store jimmies), or you may as well just leave them out.  There is not a huge chocolate flavor from the sprinkles, just a little something extra.


 These fabulous cookies will perfume your kitchen with the beautiful scent of bergamot.   If you love that orange aroma, I highly recommend giving these treats a try!


Earl Grey Cookies
Makes about 18 cookies

1½ sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, softened 
½ cup (100g) white sugar 
½ teaspoon vanilla extract 
2-3 Earl Grey tea bags (I prefer three)
2 cups (256) all-purpose flour, sifted 
2 tablespoons real chocolate sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.  With a mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and mix to incorporate. Cut open tea bags and pour contents into butter mixture. Mix until distributed.  Gradually add in flour on medium-low and mix well. Using a spatula, fold in chocolate sprinkles.  Form dough into heaping tablespoon size balls, (I use a cookie scoop), and place onto prepared baking sheets.  Keep dough balls about 2 inches apart. Using a fork, press each dough ball in a crisscross pattern to flatten slightly.  Cookies will not spread very much.  Bake in preheated 350°F (177°C) oven for 17 to 22 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown.  Allow to cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks.  Cool and store in an airtight container. 


Approximate nutrition per cookie:

 

Monday, December 16, 2019

Treat Yourself to a Kringle with the BBB


If you grew up in the Midwest or perhaps a town with Scandinavian roots, then you probably know what a Kringle is.  While the shape differs globally, a pretzel shape in the Netherlands and an oval here in the US, Kringles are generally a multi-day affair made of Danish pastry that is layered, filled and shaped, then baked and iced.  They are quite popular, shipped all over the states especially during the Holidays, and flavor options have expanded enormously in the past decade or so.  We are sharing a modified, easier and faster version!  (It all comes together in under a couple hours if you have your ducks in a row.)

This quicker Kringle starts with a crispy, flaky pastry base followed by a choux paste top.  For even more convenience, you can make the bases the night before, wrap, and top in the morning.  While I have made a different version of Kringle before, this is actually the first time I have made pâte à choux!  It's not difficult, I may have over mixed it just a tad, but it still turned out delicious.  I suspect I left too much moisture in as well and should have baked a bit longer to dry out the choux.  No matter, more delicious practice ahead!  The notes I looked up later say to:
Add the flour all at once and quickly stir

Continue heating for another 2 minutes to drive out extra moisture. The bottom of the pan should form a film of choux.

Remove the choux and transfer to a bowl. It must cool a bit before adding the eggs or else you will cook them. Using either a spoon or paddle attachment with a stand mixer, begin incorporating the eggs one at a time.

Wait until the egg is fully incorporated before adding the next

Stop when you reach a smooth and soft texture. Test it by using a spoon to scoop up the dough. It should fall under its own weight. If it does not, continue to add eggs. Now your choux is ready for piping and baking.
  I also found that to encourage a lot of puff, you should pipe using a ridged piping tip to provide more surface area to get the largest oven pop.  Next time...  So many flavors to try out!  As there is little to no sweetener in the pastry bases, all the sweetness comes from your chosen toppings and can be tailored to suit your taste.  Our recipe is based on a King Arthur recipe for a Butter Pecan Kringle with lots of sweet caramel sauce and sugar.  Despite my sweet tooth, that option was a little too tooth achingly sweet to try out so I went with the host kitchen's suggestion of an almond raspberry Kringle.  I love almond almost as much as lemon.  Oooo, lemon Kringle!  Lemon, cream cheese Kringle!  Oh I totally have to try that, how could I not have thought of that before?  Well, this one was completely delicious and I would have liked it with apricot jam as well.


The toppings are limited only to your imagination.  We would love for you to try out your favorite flavor for this recipe and join in as a buddy baker this month!  You don't have to have a blog to participate, a picture will do. Just send a picture or your post of your finished loaf to Feeding My Enthusiasms by the 29th of this month. Be sure to put BBBuddy in the subject line. You will receive a Bread Baking Buddy graphic to keep or add to your post, and be included in our Buddy round up at the end of the month. New recipes are posted every month on the 16th. Check out our Facebook group to see the participants' baking results during that time.


Here is our host's version which is a non-dairy option:


Almond Raspberry Kringle
Adapted from King Arthur Flour 
About 16-18 slices

BASE
½ cup (8 tablespoons) non-dairy margarine, cut into pats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup cold water
4 oz. almond paste

PASTRY TOPPING
1 cup water
½ cup (8 tablespoons) non-dairy margarine
¼ tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, at room temperature
½ tsp almond extract

FILLING
about ½ cup seedless raspberry jam (just enough for a thin layer)
2-3 tbsp sliced almonds

ICING GLAZE
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp plant based milk, enough to make a thick but pourable glaze
1/8 tsp almond extract
pinch of salt

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment.  Make sure it's at least 18" x 13"; or use a 14" round pizza pan.

To make the base: Combine the margarine, flour, sugar and salt, mixing until crumbly.  I used a food processor cut the fat into the flour mixture.  Add the water, and stir to make a soft, sticky dough.  I took the host kitchen's suggestion and used a fork to stir as I slowly added the water.  Worked great.

Wet your hands, pick up the dough, and shape it into a 12" x 8" oval ring on the sheet pan; or a 10" ring in the pizza pan. This will be messy going, but just keep wetting your fingers and pushing it into a ring. An easy way to approach this is to first divide the dough into four pieces; roll each piece into a 9" rope, then connect the ropes and shape them into a ring.  (I folded the dough over on itself until it bound together enough to separate into four pieces which I rolled into quarter circles and joined, then covered with plastic wrap and rolled out until flat.)

Once you've made the ring, flatten the dough so it's about 1½" wide; basically, it'll look like a train or NASCAR track. Make a thin rope out of the almond paste and put it over the dough, connecting the ends so that the whole 'track' has a ring of almond paste in the middle of the track. 


 To make the pastry topping: Place the water, margarine, and salt in a saucepan, and heat over medium heat until the margarine is melted and the mixture is boiling.

Immediately add the flour, stirring with a spatula until the mixture is cohesive and starts to form a ball.  (Cook a while to drive off some moisture until it starts to leave a film on the bottom of the pan.)

Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl and let cool for a few minutes so as not to cook the eggs. Beat in the eggs one at a time, making sure each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Add the almond extract at the end.

Spread the pastry along the ring, covering it and the almond paste completely; you'll now have a much wider ring, though it won't be completely closed in the center; it should still look like a ring.

I piped the choux on first...
then spread it out.  Next time I would not spread
smooth so as to achieve more puff.



Bake the kringle for 50 to 60 minutes, until it's a deep golden brown. When the kringle is done, remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool completely on the pan.  (You want it to be deep golden brown to make sure the choux has baked off enough moisture.)


That bottom crust was so crispy and flaky!

To add the topping: First, have the sliced almonds all ready beside the pan of kringle; you'll be sprinkling them atop the jam as soon as you put it on.

Stir the jam with a fork to break it up and then spread it over the kringle in a thin, even layer, mostly in the middle. Sprinkle sliced almonds atop the raspberry jam, pressing them in gently. Allow the kringle to cool completely.

To make the icing glaze: Stir together the confectioners' sugar, salt, almond extract and enough non dairy milk to make a pourable glaze. Drizzle it over the kringle.

To serve, cut the kringle in 2" slices.
 
If you prefer, you can bake the base, almond paste and cooked dough topping the day before serving, then wrap well and let sit on the counter overnight. In the morning add the jam, almonds and glaze.

So tasty!

Here is the King Arthur version, almost a Turtle Candy topping! 

Butter Pecan Kringle
from King Arthur

Flaky Base
½ cup (8 tablespoons, 113g) unsalted butter, cut into pats
1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt*
¼ cup (57g) cold water
*Reduce salt to ¼ teaspoon if you use salted butter.

Choux Pastry
1 cup (227g) water
½ cup (8 tablespoons, 113g) unsalted butter
½ tsp salt*
1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour, preferable unbleached
3 large eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon butter-rum, eggnog, or vanilla-butternut flavor, optional but delicious
*Reduce salt to 1/4 teaspoon if you use salted butter.

Topping
12 ounces caramel, cut from a block (about 1 cup, packed); or about 3 dozen individual caramel candies*, unwrapped
2 cups (227g) toasted pecan halves
*Use fresh, soft caramels. If using harder, supermarket-type caramels, add a couple of tbsp milk or cream when melting, to keep them soft on the kringle; or substitute caramel sauce.

Icing Glaze
1 cup (113g) confectioners' or glazing sugar
2 tbsp (28g) heavy cream, half & half, or milk, enough to make a thick but pourable glaze
1/8 teaspoon butter-rum, eggnog, or vanilla-butternut flavor, optional but good
pinch of salt

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) a baking sheet that's at least 18" x 13"; or a 14" round pizza pan.
2. For the base: Mix together the butter, flour, and salt in a medium bowl until crumbly. Add the water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing in between until you’ve made a soft, sticky dough. Divide the dough into four pieces and roll each piece into a 9" rope. Connect the pieces into a 12" x 8" oval on the prepared baking sheet and, with wet fingers, flatten the dough to 1 1/2 ̋" wide, retaining an oval opening in the center.
3. Wet your hands, pick up the dough, and shape it into a 12" x 8" oval ring on the sheet pan; or a 10" ring in the pizza pan. This will be messy going, but just keep wetting your fingers and pushing it into a ring. An easy way to approach this is to first divide the dough into four pieces; roll each piece into a 9" rope, then connect the ropes and shape them into a ring.
4. For the pastry: Place the water, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add the flour all at once and stir vigorously until the mixture is cohesive and forms a ball. Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl and beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating until each egg is absorbed before adding the next. Add your choice of flavoring at the end.
5. Spread or pipe the pastry over the ring, to make an oval of pastry that completely covers the oval of dough. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until deep golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
6. For the topping: Melt the caramel in a heatproof measuring cup at half power in the microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring after each round, until the caramel is smooth. Pour the caramel over the pastry and immediately top with the toasted pecans. Let cool.
7. For the glaze: Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, salt, flavoring, and enough cream (or milk) to make a pourable glaze. Drizzle over the kringle before serving.
8. Store at room temperature, lightly tented with plastic wrap, for a day or so; freeze for longer storage. Kringle is best served the same day it's made. If you plan on serving it the next day, add the caramel, nuts, and glaze just before serving.
9. Want to get a head start? Bake the base pastry up to two days ahead, then cool, wrap, and store at room temperature. Top with filling and icing just before serving.

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Approximate nutrition for one slice of Kringle: