Nazuki (Georgian Spice Bread)
Bread-baking is intimidating to some, what with the kneading and the rising. But this recipe is so simple, anyone can do it. Plus, it's really, really tasty.
Prep: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours
1/4 cup milk
1 package (1 tablespoon) active dry yeast
1 pinch sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature, well beaten
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup sugar
Generous 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
1 egg yolk, beaten
1) Heat the milk to lukewarm (105 Fahrenheit). Stir in the yeast and pinch of sugar. Leave to proof for 10 minutes, or until the mixture begins to foam. Stir in the eggs, melted butter, sugar, salt, spices, and vanilla extract. Add enough flour to make a soft dough.
2) Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
3) Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece out into a 6-inch oval about 1/2 inch thick. Place the loaves on a greased baking sheet and leave to rise, covered, for 1/2 hour.
4) Preheat the oven to 375 F. Using your thumb, make indentations in the dough in decorative rows, then brush the loaves with beaten egg yolk. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. This recipe is taken from The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia.