This heart shaped bread conquered me immediately. I know hearts are too much used for Valentines, but I can’t help, I just love them!
I had the recipe with me these last two days, but there was always something that came in between and I couldn’t do it. So I prepared it yesterday night and left the dough in the fridge…and baked them this morning :-).
I tried different ways to have the heart shape, other than the way suggested by the author of the Italian blog Col Cavolo, where I found this heart shaped bread. I tried using the cookie cutter, I tried creating the shape by myself, but, at the end, the way she suggests is the best one. You can see my step by step photos below, or also see her Instagram post to check how to do it (it is simpler than it seems).
It can be a cute idea for breakfast with your sweetheart on Valentines…
- for 10 pieces:
- 2⅓ cup bread flour
- 3 plain Tbsp sugar
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 Tbsl instant yeast or 10 g baker's yeast - cut to half if you prepare it the evening before baking
- 2 Tbsp soft butter
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp salt
- Put flour and sugar in the stand up mixer bowl.
- Warm the milk and dissolve the yeast in it.
- Add the milk to the flour and turn on the mixer with the flat beater.
- Add the butter a piece at a time and continue to knead the dough.
- When the butter is absorbed, add the egg and salt and knead for 6/8 minutes more.
- Transfer the dough to a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest in a warm place until it doubles in size (or in fridge if you're going to bake it the day after - in this case, take it out of the fridge and let it rest in a warm place a couple of hours before baking).
- Turn on the oven 350°F.
- Divide the dough in 10 pieces and, using a rolling pin spread each piece creating kind of rectangle with the dough. Fold the long sides on themselves and then in 2 - as photos above.
- Using a sharp knife, cut it in along until the middle. Then, using your fingers, enhance the heart shape.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until golden.
- Buon appetito and…happy Valentines!