Eat the Rainbow Feature

Recipe: Rainbow Swirl Bread

02 Jul 2015

Just add a smattering of butter

If you have trouble coaxing your little one to eat, this recipe will have them asking for seconds!

1 cup milk plus 1 egg yolk (totalling 1 cup altogether)3 cups all-purpose flour

2 ½ tbsp granulated sugar

2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast

1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter, softened

2 tsp salt

Red, yellow, green and blue food colouring

1 In a small, microwave-safe bowl, whisk the milk and egg yolk together and microwave for 30 seconds. Set aside.

2 In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, sugar and yeast.

3 Add the milk mixture, butter and salt and stir to combine. Using the dough hook and stand mixer or by hand on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it comes together and is smooth and elastic – about five minutes with a stand mixer or 10 minutes by hand.

4 Divide the dough into five equal pieces. Place each piece in a small bowl and cover with a tea towel.

5 Remove one piece from the bowl and place it on a plastic cutting board (or any surface you’re willing to cover with food colouring). Add several drops of food colouring (begin with 10 drops and keep adding as you go). Using gloves to prevent your hands from getting dyed, begin to knead the food colouring into the dough, adding more food colouring until it is fully incorporated. 

6 Shape the dough into a ball and return to its bowl. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough, dying each a different colour. Wash your hands or gloves and your work surface between each colour.

7 Cover the bowls with a tea towel or clingfilm and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 ½ to 2 hours.

8 When the dough has risen, punch down the dough. 

9 Remove the red dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface into a 20cm x 10cm rectangle. Repeat with the remaining colours of dough. Stack each colour on top of the other as you go in this order: red, yellow, green, blue and purple. Roll up the dough tightly from the short end into a loaf. 

10 Place the loaf in a lightly greased 22cm x 13cm loaf pan. Cover with a tea towel or clingfilm and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

11 Preheat the oven to 180C. 

12 Uncover the dough and bake until browned, about 30 minutes.

13 Remove the loaf from the pan and cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing.