After a few months with no food appearing on this blog I think it is time I share this amazing recipe with you. And just in time for Easter!
Sweet breads are popular here at any time of year, but especially around Eastertime, and this one beats cake as far as I am concerned. (Yes, it’s that good! 😉 )
You will need a 30 cm/12 inch loaf pan and, for the dough:
- 500 g (4 cups) strong (bread) flour
- 1 packet (1 tbsp) of instant yeast
- 45 g (4 tbsps) sugar
- 125 g (1 stick) margarine, cut into small pieces
- 250 ml (1 cup) soya milk, warmed
- pinch of salt
… and for the filling:
- 75 g margarine (2/3 stick), melted (and a little extra for greasing your pan)
- 125 g (2/3 cup) sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 200 g (2 cups) blueberries (I used frozen)
Sift flour into a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Add the yeast, 1 teaspoon of the sugar and all the warmed soya milk and mix a little of the flour into the well. Leave to stand in a warm place for 10 minutes.
Now go back to your dough and add the rest of the sugar, the pinch of salt and the margarine. Now comes the fun part – mix with your hands until it all comes together into a nice soft dough. On a floured surface knead it for about 5 minutes. Then place in a clean bowl, cover, and leave it to rise in a warm spot for an hour or so.
In the meantime, scrape the seeds out of your vanilla bean and mix them with the 125 g sugar, grease your pan well, melt your margarine, and pre-heat your oven to 180°C/350°F.
When your dough has risen, punch it to release some of the air and then roll it out to about 40 x 35 cm (16 x 14 inches). Brush with almost all of the melted margarine. Sprinkle all but 2 tablespoons of the vanilla sugar evenly on top. Now cut into 8 x 10 cm (3 x 4 inch) squares and stack 4 or 5 of them at a time to make it easier to put them into your pan. Press a few blueberries in between each layer as you go, and then squash the layers up nicely in the pan. Finally, brush with the remaining margarine and sprinkle over the last of the vanilla sugar.
Bake for about 45 minutes. If it starts turning too brown during the end of the cooking time, cover with a bit of foil.
Leave to cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before easing out and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.
My tip: this tastes wonderful served still slightly warm. 😉 Oh yummy!
I hope this has inspired you! Go on, try it!
Will you be baking anything for Easter?