Friday, February 01, 2008

Pain du Soleil

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Eva from SweetSins is hosting BBD#6 created a few months ago by zorra whose first post for BBD can be found here. I am happy to include my Pain du Soleil into this event. Baking breads give me the most satisfaction of all my cooking experiences.

Sun-dried tomatoes give this sun-shaped bread a rosy hue while Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper add some pizzazz to make this a perfect accompaniment for soups and stews. Using the dough cycle of a bread machine to save time in kneading, the ingredients are combined in the machines pan and in a few hours, you have a nice, smooth dough to make the smiling sun.

Although shaping the dough looks difficult, a bowl placed in the center of the round facilitates cutting the sunrays into even sections. The bowl in then removed and each section is twisted three times to make the rays.

Pain du Soleil
Makes one 1 1/2 pound 14 inch round flatbread with 16 sunrays

3 cups bread flour-I used King Arthur Artisan Bread Flour
2 1/2 teaspoon bread machine yeast
1 cup water
1/4 cup fruity olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup minced sun dried tomatoes

Combine all ingredients in the bread machine pan except for the minced sun-dried tomatoes. Process on the dough cycle adding the minced sun-dried tomatoes after the first knead. When finished, remove the dough to a lightly floured board and punch down. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Roll the dough into a 14 inch round and transfer to parchment paper liberally dusted with cornmeal. Place a bowl about 4 1/2 inches in diameter in the center of the dough. Then cut the dough from the bowl outward into four sections, then eight sections and finally into sixteeths. Remove the bowl. You now have sixteen sections radiating from the center of the sun. Dust the top with flour, then twist each sunray three times.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Slide the sun bread still on the parchment onto a baking sheet and let rise until puffy, about 20 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes, or until brown. Cool. Best served the day it's made.

Recipe from "Rustic European Breads From Your Bread Machine" by Linda West Eckhardt and Diana Collingwood Butts.


Brilynn said...

I just want to break off one of those rays of sunshines, slather on some butter and take a bite!

Kalyn said...

That bread is just beautiful! (And I'm not just saying that because I'm seriously sun-deprived at the moment either!)

Eva said...

Wow, that's what I call a proper sun! I especially like that the rays are twisted so nicely. Thanks for participating!

Annina said...

hey! I really like your blog! So I posted your link on my one: hope this is ok! I'm also on daring bakers! :-) CU bye, Annina (Ann)

Lynnylu said...

Brilynn-the sun bread is great for a casual meal where everyone can just pull off a piece and enjoy.
Kalyn-thanks. I lived in Illinois for 6 years and can certainly understand your sun-deprived state.
Eva-thanks, I'm happy to participate in BBD#6.
Annina-thanks, I'm pleased you linked to me on your blog.

Lori Lynn said...

I have never seen bread baked like that. How delightful! It can be an edible centerpiece. Love it.

zorra said...

What a beautiful sunrise! Your bread is stunning.

Petra aka Cascabel said...

What an absolutely lovely bread! I will have to try this.

Lynnylu said...

lori lynn-I was surprised at how simple the bread was to shape into the sun.
zorra-thanks, it's one I will make again with different doughs.
petra aka cascabel-thanks, the bread machine makes it an easy yeast bread.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

That's too pretty to eat. Well, I think my arm could be twisted. ;)

Lien said...

This looks amazing! What a great idea for a party-bread!! Another one for my baking-list!! Thanks for the recipe!

Lynnylu said...

Susan-thanks, cupcakes are tempting!
lien-thanks, the bread would look great on sideboard as part of a buffet.

Y said...

What a cool looking bread. Great as a tasty centrepiece at a dinner party :)

Lynnylu said...

Y-thanks. I plan serving it for a casual dinner party soon.

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