Saw this super cute tutorial on Youtube awhile back by Carol (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diUDQmlOQfl) on making this super cute watermelon bread.
I thought it'd be super cute for sandwiches as it's so deceiving. You expect it to taste sweet like a dessert but instead it tastes just like normal white bread. I used dried blueberries instead of raisins because that's all I had in the pantry.
320g bread flour (or plain flour)
3/4 teaspoon of dry yeast
50g of butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt
20 g of sugar
2/3 cup of milk
3/4 cup of dried blueberries
extra milk for brushing
red food colouring
green food colouring
1) Put all the ingredients excluding the dried blueberries and food colouring into your bowl and using a mixer with a dough hook attachment, beat the mixture till the dough becomes smooth.
2) Divide the dough into 3 oiled bowls in the following portions, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/4.
3) Add a few drops of red food colouring into the 1/2 portion of dough and knead well until combined (as you can see from my photo, I didn't knead it long enough). You want the colour of the dough to be watermelon pink and not too red. Add the dried blueberries to this and knead until evenly distributed. Let it rest in the bowl and cover with cling wrap.
4) Add a few drops of green food colouring to one of the 1/4 portions of dough and knead until combined. Cover in cling wrap. Cover the remaining 1/4 of uncoloured dough in cling wrap and let these bowls rest in a warm place until they have doubled in size (approx 1 hour)
5) Once the doughs have doubled in size, roll the red dough on a lightly floured surface into the shape of a log roughly the size of your loaf pan.
6) Roll out the uncoloured ball of dough into a rectangular shape large enough to completely cover the red dough.
7) Brush milk all over one side of the dough and place the red dough on top and pinch the uncoloured dough around it to seal.
8) Roll the green dough out enough to cover the other two doughs and brush with milk then pinch the edges firmly together to seal everything in. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it proof until doubled in size (approx 60minutes)
9) Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and bake for 35-40 minutes till cooked.
10) Once cooked, remove the bread from the loaf tin and let it cool on a wire rack.
It looks like a complicated recipe with lots of steps but it's actually quite simple and straightforward and everyone will be intrigued by it!