La Mozzarella in Carrozza

Epiphany Sweet bread

La Mozzarella in Carrozza - Epiphany Sweet bread
Info
Yields: 8   Matur Time: 6H + 1H ~ Cooking Time: 25Min   Diff: Medium
Ingredients
- 250g Bread flour
- 2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
- 120g Sugar
- 150ml Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 90g Butter, soft
- Orange zest

Introduction

La focaccia della befana è un dolce lievitato tipico del 6 gennaio. La tradizione vuole che al suo interno venga nascosta una fava secca: il commensale che la troverà avrà fortuna e prosperità per tutto l’anno. Di solito si utilizza anche una monetina ma noi abbiamo optato per una mandorla, così da evitare sorprese troppo “dure”. La conoscete? Questa è stata la mia prima volta con la #focacciadellabefana, devo dire davvero deliziosa! Vi consiglio di provarla  e magari di donarla a qualcuno come “simbolo” di buon anno. 


Directions

- Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature. Take the butter and the eggs out of the fridge at least 2 hours before starting to knead.



- In a bowl, combine the flours with the yeast. Add sugar and set it aside.



- Heat the milk until slightly warm. Beat the eggs with the orange zest and add to the milk. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ones and stir using a spoon.



- Cut the butter into cubes and add to the dough. Make sure each piece of butter is incorporated before adding the next. To make this passage easier, you can use a mixer.



- Cover the dough and let chill 15min. Then, start kneading it again, until it won’t be sticky anymore. Let rise until doubled.



- Once ready, pour the dough over a rectangular baking tray lined with parchment paper and press it trying to make it round. Place a mug in the center and use a knife to cut the circle into 16 petals, leaving the center intact. 



- Hide one broad bean in one petal (you can also use one almond or a little coin). Braid two petals at a time, making 8 petals. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise.



- Brush the surface with a mixture of beaten egg and milk and garnish with sugar pearls.



- Bake at 200 degrees for about 25min then sprinkle with almonds petals. Allow to cool before serving.