Add all of the ingredients to a bread maker and leave it to run until the first proving. You can also knead the dough by hand if you wish. If kneading by hand, I recommend using 65 ml water.
Divide the dough into 6 equal portions, cover them with a damp cloth, and leave to sit for 10 minutes. You can shape the dough however you like, I made mine into rolls and flower shapes this time.
To make the flower shape, take an oblong-shaped piece of dough and stretch it until it's around 25 cm long. Tie the dough into a knot and tuck the ends over and under. Then adjust the shape a little and you have your flower!
Leave the dough to prove for a second time at 40℃ for 20 minutes. Once the dough has proved, preheat the oven to 180℃.
When the oven has preheated, bake the dough for around 12 minutes at 180℃ and it's done.
This is the maple jam and shortening that I used for this recipe. You can use maple syrup instead if you'd prefer!
Story Behind this Recipe
I learnt this recipe in a bread-making class. The original recipe uses maple syrup, which as it turns out is quite expensive, so I wondered if I could substitute it with cheaper maple jam and modify the recipe a bit.
Please adjust the cooking time and proving time depending on the type of oven that you are using! If you don't have any shortening, you can use unsalted butter instead but I think that this will change the texture of the bread somewhat (Replace 20 g shortening with 20 g butter).