Saturday, June 30, 2012

BBB - Summer twists

I'm a little bit of a late buddy for the BBB challenge this month, but I did try it out so I'm posting anyway.  The recipe is for Summer Twists, also affectionately know as morning cuddles.  Me being me, I wanted to really get into that cuddle fest and turned my individual twists into one big cinnamon pecan hug!  (But next time I make this as a sweet morning bread I will use the poolish and not my sourdough which was a little bit tart for the application I chose.)  That said, I added a little frosting to my heated slice this morning and it was just like a cinnamon bun with cream cheese frosting, YUM!

Here is the recipe as posted on the host site.  (I used white spelt and whole spelt flours for mine.)  To make my "hug" I rolled out the dough, spread with a little butter, then sprinkled with pecans, cinnamon and sucanat.  Then I rolled it up, sliced it lengthwise twice and braided those and put in a circle to bake.

Oatmeal Twists
based on Morning Cuddles at Farine
makes 16 twists

700 g sourdough starter (or poolish/starter of 350 g all-purpose flour mixed with 350 g water and 2 teaspoons yeast. Sit 3 hrs, stir down, put in fridge overnight, or at least 8 hours - use where recipe calls for sourdough starter.)
320 g all-purpose flour
230 g whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
115 g rolled oats, coarsely ground in a food processor
15 g salt
1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
100 g pecans, chopped

Mix the flours together with the yeast, oats and salt. Stir the water, buttermilk and butter into the starter. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the starter mixture until a soft dough forms. Let sit 10 minutes. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead in additional flour if needed until dough is tacky but not sticky. Knead in the pecans. Shape into a ball and put dough ball into oiled rising bowl or container, turning dough to coat with the oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. This might take 2 hours or 6. (Also fine to cover and let sit overnight in the fridge, then let rise until doubled on the counter the next day.)

When dough has doubled, turn out onto lightly flour board. Shape into a log and cut into two pieces. Return one piece of the dough to the rising bowl and cover.

Shape the second piece of dough on the board into a log and cut into 8 pieces, each about 100 g. Cut each piece in half and shape each piece into a snake and twist two pieces together a a time or two, then place twist on a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet.

Repeat with remaining 7 (100 g) pieces. You will have eight twists. Take the remaining large (about 800 g) piece of dough and repeat the shaping into a log, cutting into 8 pieces, cutting those in half and shaping into twists. You will finish with 16 twists set out on parchment or silicon mat covered baking sheets. Cover twists and let rise until doubled in bulk. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F when twists are almost doubled.

Uncover, glaze with buttermilk with clean pastry brush. If desired sprinkle with finely chopped pecans, or preferred seeds or with sea salt.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. If browning too rapidly, turn down the oven temperature. Turn the pans back to front and bake another 10 - 15 minutes or until breads are 180 degrees inside. Cool on a rack then serve.


  1. Love the twist on the twists...making it a big hug and with frosting, too. You always do the best things Kelly! Thanks for baking with the Babes and being a Buddy.

  2. Cinnamon pecan! Cool. And your shaping really made me smile with joy. Wonderful!

    Many thanks for baking with us.

  3. A hug ... who could resist a hug with cinnamon pecan topped with cream cheese ;-)
    Thanks so much for baking with us.

  4. Send some of those delicious hugs, my way. They look delicious and I love anything cinnamon.

  5. Your "twist cake" must be heavenly delicious!
    A sweet sweet version of the original: how yummy!

  6. The frosting on these must have been over the top delicious!!! They look great


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