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Sweet and Fluffy Honey Cookie Bread

Sweet and Fluffy Honey Cookie Bread

This bread is like a sweet dessert. When freshly baked, the outside is crispy and the inside is soft and fluffy! Beware of eating too many! It's a sweetened bread.

Ingredients: 8 buns

■For the bread dough
Bread (strong) flour
200 g
Sugar
10 g
Honey
10 g
Salt
3 g
Unsalted butter
10 g
Milk
150 ml
Instant dry yeast
3g
●Cookie dough
Unsalted butter
40 g
Sugar
20 g
Honey
15 g
Egg (medium)
1
Cake flour
20 g
Almond flour
15 g
Vanilla oil (or vanilla essence)
a small amount

Steps

1. Make the bread dough using your bread machine's 'dough' program, until the end of the 1st rising! Put the ingredients in the machine in the order listed. ♪
2. Make the cookie dough. Bring the butter to room temperature, add the sugar, then the honey and cream.
3. Add the egg and mix rapidly so that the batter doesn't separate.
4. Add the almond flour and mix together. If the almond flour has lumps, sift it into the batter.
5. Add the sifted cake flour and fold in (don't mix too much) until it's no longer floury.
6. Add a few drops of vanilla oil (or vanilla essence if you don't have oil) and mix in. The cookie dough is done.
7. Put the cookie dough in a pastry bag or a doubled plastic bag (chill the dough in the refrigerator if making in the summer).
8. Take out the bread dough after the 1st rising, divide into 8 portions and round off into ball. Cover with a tightly wrung out moistened kitchen towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
9. Round off each ball of dough again, re-cover with the moistened kitchen towel and let it rise (2nd rising) until the dough balls hav expanded 1.5 to 2 times their original size. Preheating the oven to 180°C.
10. When the 2nd rising is done, pipe out the cookie dough from Step 7 in a spiral pattern on top of the bread dough balls. Bake in the preheated 180°C oven for 13 to 15 minutes and they're done!
11. The buns are very tender fresh out of the oven, so handle them carefully using a spatula etc. to transfer to a cooling rack. Let them to cool down - they'll become very crispy!
12. The bread dough is so tender, you can barely rip it apart with your hands! It's very finely textured and sweet, and the flavor just makes me happy. When the buns cool, they become soft and moist, so warm them quickly in a toaster oven to revive the crispiness!
13. This bread is close to sweet boules. They are moist and sweet, and you can taste the honey.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to make a bread that would be a hit with the kids, so I came up with a strongly honey flavored cookie bread. Both the bread dough and the cookie dough have lots of honey in them! When freshly baked these are very crispy, and after some time they turn soft and tender. They're not just popular with kids, they're a hit with adults too!