You (or your mum) will love this wool roll bread! It's a soft loaf of milk bread where the clever wool stripe effect is so easy to achieve (all you need is a knife or pizza cutter!). This one is filled with cream cheese and blueberry jam and it is perfect for Mother's Day coming up!
I saw this on Instagram and was immediately besotted. The technique for this is similar to the caterpillar buns. The base for this is a soft tangzhong milk bread. It is sometimes filled, sometimes not, it's totally up to you. I decided to do a blueberry version just because I pictured the wool to be blue in colour and I had some blueberry jam that needed using.
I made this a tangzhong milk bread. I know I go on a lot about tangzhong and if there's one thing I hope you'll remember me for it's a) tangzhong bread and b) having browned butter on hand. Tangzhong is a fancy sounding word for a flour and water roux that you add to a regular bread dough. This one little step makes the world of difference making your breads soft and pillowy in texture and long lasting. It also takes all of around 5 minutes to do.
Other filling ideas for this wool bread: Nutella, ground nuts and sugar, cinnamon sugar, red bean paste, thick custard, pureed sweetened sweet potato, pumpkin jam or fruit jams. You could also make savoury with pesto or make a "pizza" version like the pizza babka.
This is one of those recipes that will surprise you at how simple it is and how effective it looks. But of course it also tastes great with a blueberry cheesecake style filling too!
How to create the "wool" effect: this is super simple and requires just a pizza cutter or a fondant cutter. If you don't have this you can use a knife or a dough scraper. All you do it roll it out into a long oval and cut the dough and then roll it up. Simple!
I promise that if someone as uncoordinated as me can do it, you can. I am definitely the most uncoordinated person I know. Allow me to give you an example. Mr NQN and I were recently in a restaurant. He was showing me a picture on his phone and I couldn't see it in the window's glare so I moved the phone to face me.
He wasn't holding onto the phone so it fell onto the table with a loud clunk. On the way down it made a small chip in a bowl. He shook his head at me. I know that look, it's like the one where I'm on notice.
A few minutes later another dish arrived and it had pickles, pate and bread in little bowls. I tried to spear a pickle with my fork except the bowl wasn't quite balanced, the pickle slice was very thick and well me and my coordination and the bowl went flying. I watched in horror as the bowl broke in half.
I apologised profusely and told the lovely staff that I would of course pay for the bowl. They brought out replacement pickles and I very slowly and gingerly picked them up. I didn't drop or break anything for the rest of the meal or for the next few days. Which I consider a bit of a win!
So tell me Dear Reader, are you a clumsy or coordinated person? Have you ever had to pay for breakages? What are you making for Mother's Day?