SPINACH AND RICOTTA CHEESE STUFFED SUNFLOWER BREAD!

Updated: Jan 16, 2021

Sunflower bread is a good-looking yummy bread and if it is with any of my favorite stuffing, then it is like icing on the cake. Sharing my version of Sunflower bread with my favorite leafy greens, spinach stuffing. It is a fun snack and great with Coffee or Tea.

Prep time: 2 hours 45 mins

Assembling time:30 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serving: 2 sunflower bread


Ingredients:


1 teaspoon instant dry yeast

3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

160 ml whole milk (warm)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

1 egg ( use 2 tablespoons of yogrut for complete vegetarian option)

2 cups heaped (325 g) all-purpose flour

More flour to knead and roll the dough

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 egg for egg wash ( Use butter for complete vegetarian option )


For Filling :


2 cups of spinach (Blanch the spinach and squeeze the water out)

1 cup Ricotta cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper

2 teaspoons honey


Methods:

Step 1: Make the dough.


Mix the salt with the flour.

Whisk together the warm milk (not too hot) and the egg. And then add sugar, yeast, melted butter to the milk and egg mixture.

Combine everything in a stand mixer or a mixing bowl.

Make a soft messy, sticky dough.



Grease a bowl with some oil and put the sticky dough in the bowl.


Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place for 2 hours to rise the dough.

Step 2: Make the Filling


Take the spinach in a bowl.

Add the ricotta cheese, salt, pepper, and honey with the spinach and mix well.

The filling is ready to use. Keep it aside.


Step 3: Make the bread.


After 2 hours, take out the sticky dough on a floured surface to knead.

Add 1/4 cup of more flour and knead the dough to make a

soft and supple and elastic enough dough.



Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces.


Roll out one piece of dough into a rough 12 to 13-inch circle.

Put rolled out dough on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Divide the spinach filling into two parts. Use two-portion for two sunflower bread.

Use one portion of filling and spread it like a doughnut shape on the rolled out dough👇.

Cover it with another rolled out flat dough like this 👇.

And seal it completely with your finger and some water.

Place a small bowl in the center to make an indent. This is the center of the flower.

With a sharp knife, cut 16 even pieces, while cutting makes sure that you cut through the layers.

Otherwise, it won't be easy to twist the piece.

Take a piece and turn it to the left like below 👇.

So the flower bread will have 16 petals.

Let the sunflower bread sit to rise the second time for 30 mins.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.


Take the egg in a small bowl and add a tablespoon of milk or water to it and mix together for egg wash.

Apply egg mixture to the sunflower bread with a brush and sprinkle the sesame seeds to the middle.


Roll out the other two dough balls and the other portion of the filling and make the other sunflower bread using the same process.


Bake sunflower bread in the oven for 30 mins or until the pedals are golden brown.


Enjoy spinach sunflower bread as a snack.

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