This Cumin Sunshine Loaf is a Bread Baking Babes bread. However, it is last month’s bread and not this month’s choice. This month, they’re baking a Wild Pull-Apart Sourdough Bread chosen by Elizabeth. As usual, the Babes got creative with the recipe and came up with interesting breads including a sweet version and this delightful savoury one.
I didn’t bake this month’s bread though. For one, I have baked a quite a few pull-apart breads over the years. Then these days there’s mostly me at home because my husband is travelling on and off for work. There’s only so much bread I’m allowed to and can eat. One way I ensure no left-overs when I bake is by sharing the bakes with my family. Sourdough is an acquired taste especially for a traditionally Indian one.
So I decided to bake last month’s BBB bread which I couldn’t do then. Cathy chose a sourdough adaptation of a recipe from BREAD: The Breads of the World and How to Bake Them at Home by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter. This bread is a sun shaped centrepiece made with blend of rye and white flours, and flavoured with caraway seeds.
I didn’t want to bake a sourdough bread, I don’t get rye flour here and I wasn’t keen on the caraway seeds. Kelly had posted a yeasted version of the Sunshine Bread so I adapted that to make a bread that worked for me. I started by making an overnight starter with whole wheat flour. That, to me, was a good compromise between straight yeast and sourdough. I kneaded dough next morning and baked the bread before lunch time.
Since I was going to share this bread with family, I used regular flour according to their preference. The caraway seeds were replaced with cumin seeds. I coarsely crushed some and mixed it into the dough and then also sprinkled some on the shaped bread before baking.
The recipe I used follows. The original recipe is for a very big loaf or two medim loaves. My recipe makes one medium sized Cumin Sunshine Loaf. Shaping the bread is very easy. I personally found the finished shape very attractive and reminiscent of rustic Aztec/ Inca sun illustrations.
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