Thursday, December 21, 2017

Krampus Bread

Last Krampus recipe, I swear.  Alright last one from me, but you really should check out this one from Krampus himself, on how to make the traditional family recipe for Krampus Ham

I didn't follow this recipe for Sourdough Krampus , but it's where I got the idea.  It's probably a very good recipe, but it intimidated me, there were ice cubes involved. Instead I decided to see if I could get similar results with the only dough recipe I ever use for everything. Seriously, everything. For other things to do with this dough check out my Zombie Guts.  I think it worked out well considering I was in a bit of a hurry. Next time I will take a little more time shaping my Krampus.  I should have stretched the dough to make them longer.  They look more like cute pudgy baby Krampus.

I dabbed the tops of my little Krampus with melted butter and gently rubbed their chubby little faces in cinnamon and sugar.  Because he's sugar and spice and everything nice. That is how that goes right? But you could sprinkle him with garlic salt and parmesan or just leave him plain.  If you are doing savory, I think adding a little sundried tomato pesto to the dough would give him some nice color.  The little bit of cinnamon and sugar on top wasn't quite enough flavor so I also made some Krampus dipping sauce.

Krampus Bread

1 cup water
3 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons dry milk powder
3 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter at room temp
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup fine white sugar
1 tablespoons ground cinnamon  (more or less to personal taste)

Preheat oven to 425F.  Lightly oil baking sheet.

Place water, flour, powdered milk, sugar, salt, butter and yeast into bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Set to Dough cycle, and start the machine. Dough will be 1/2 pound.

When the bread machine has finished the Dough cycle, take the dough out. Knead for 1 minute by hand. Place in an oiled bowl, and turn a few times to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise for 15 minutes in a warm place. (An easy way to check if the dough has finished rising is to poke it with your figure, if the dent stays it's good to go.)

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and pour onto a plate.  Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.  The sourdough recipe has nice pictures on how to shape your Krampus.  Basically pull the dough into a rectangle shape and cut it down the middle of both ends.  One end is the two legs, the other end you twist and curl into horns. 

Lightly pat melted butter over the top of the Krampus.  You might find he's a little more cooperative with being shaped in his buttered form.  Then lay him butter side down onto the cinnamon and sugar.  Flip him back over and placed him on the baking sheet.  Decorate him as you see fit.  I used two whole cloves for eyes. The kids were disappointed that they kind of looked like mini chocolate chips, but weren't.

Once they are decorated, horns properly twisted and whatnot, toss them in the oven and bake for 8 minutes.  If you used cloves, you'll probably have to push them down a bit after baking and also warn everyone that they are indeed cloves and not chocolate chips.  And then explain why you didn't use chocolate chips.

Krampus Dipping Sauce:

1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar mixture
1 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

I really don't ever use a recipe. You probably have some cinnamon and sugar and some butter left over from dipping the bread.  If you don't have approximately a tablespoon left, melt a little more.  Add a teaspoon or so of the cinnamon and sugar for some extra flavor.

Gradually add the powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time until you end up with a thick paste.  Exact measurements of butter and sugar don't matter as long as you keep adding sugar until it's a thick paste. 

Add the vanilla and stir until smooth. Smooth out any lumps with the back of your spoon. Add 1 tablespoon of milk and again stir until smooth.  Slowly add more milk a little at a time until it's thin enough to dip the Krampus bread in. Alternatively, you could just drizzle it over the Krampus, but I figured he would just look like a deformed cinnamon roll if I did that.

If you refrigerate it or you just like it warm, you can microwave it for a few seconds.  It doesn't take much, 10 seconds should do it, even less if you are just doing a small portion.  Stir and it should be a syrup like consistency.  We used about a tablespoon per Krampus.  

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