Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ugly but Delicious Cranberry Turkey Walnut Scrolls

Looks can be deceiving...

"What an ugly-looking bread"... I was disappointed when I first saw this bread coming out from my oven. After having my first bite, I started to changed my opinion...

Unlike most soft and fluffy breads, these breads doesn't contain enough gluten for a full rise and yet they have a spongy and moist texture with lots of nutty sweet flavour. The recipe of this bread originated from King Arthur Flour for a miniature bread machine. Seeing oats, walnuts and maple syrup in the ingredient list, I was thinking about Thanksgiving! And so, I have added turkey and cranberry sauce into these breads too.

As mentioned by several reviews, these breads will rise and fall after baking. To fix this problem, one of the reviewers added one tablespoon of gluten to strengthen the bread structure. For my bake, I have decided to stick to its original recipe. With an increased amount of ingredients, I have used half the dough to bake cranberry turkey scrolls and use the remaining to bake bread rolls.

This bread is definitely not pretty-looking but very yummy...

Cranberry Turkey Walnut Scrolls
For these scrolls, I have used the low-fat cheese as toppings and was disappointed that the cheese did not brown as much as the regular ones. For a better look, I would suggest using the regular cheese.
The bread rolls...
Check out its inner beauty...nice spongy and moist texture
One last look of the yummy scrolls... They are much more delicious-looking from their inside.
Here's one and two-third of the bread recipe from King Arthur Flour and my directions of making these scrolls and breads.

Make 4 scrolls and 4 rolls (8 portions in total)

1 cup walnut pieces, pre-toasted at 170ºC (fan forced) for 5-7 min, cooled completely
2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
325ml warm water
56ml maple syrup
35g melted butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour, extra for dusting while shaping

Fillings for 4 scrolls:
200g thinly sliced turkey breast
1/4 cup cranberry Sauce (I use the whole berry one)
1/3 cup grated cheese (I use Bega So Light, 50% fat reduced)
Milk, for brushing

Place water, syrup, bread flour, rolled oats, salt, butter and yeast into the bread machine in order. 

Use "dough" setting to mix and prove the bread dough. Add the walnut at the last 3-5 min of kneading.

When the cycle has finished, remove the dough from the machine and divide the dough into two.

To shaping one of the dough into scrolls:

Place it on a lightly floured surface. Knock it back gently, then roll it out to a rectangle about 20cm x 30cm. Spread cranberry sauce over dough. Leave 1 cm border along one long edge. Distribute the turkey breast over the dough. Roll up dough lengthwise and tuck ends under. Cut crossways into 4 equal portions and place all scrolls on 20cm square pan. Cover with oiled clear film and set aside in a warm place to rise for 1 hr or until it doubled its size.

To shaping another half of the dough into rolls:

Divide the dough into 4 portions. Using lightly floured hands, roll each portion into a ball. Place on 15cm x 26cm lightly greased pan. Cover with oiled clear film and set aside in a warm place to rise for 1 hr or until it doubled its size.

Preheat oven to 180°C fan forced.

Brush the scrolls and rolls with milk. Sprinkle cheese over the scrolls. Sprinkle oats over the rolls. Bake both for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and turn onto a wire rack to cool.

Happy Baking
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  1. What yummy and nice recipe Zoe, love this! gloria

  2. ugly but delicious,,,I love that ,,LoL,its doesn't matter what foods look like as long as taste delicious,anyway these looks good to me,,Yum,,Yum,,

  3. they dont look ugly to me! i would definately love to have a piece of that turkey roll!

  4. i loove the colour and texture of the bread...must be addition of the maple syrup for the slight brownish colour! cranberry turkey combo sounds soo delicious and celebratory!

    btw zoe, i didn't get to make the rolls yst. i didnt read your recipe properly and realised i do not have potato flakes :( do you think its abs necessary or can i omit that? i was gonna go ahead without it but was worried that it wont work!

  5. They looks super delicious for me..

  6. i find that i'm often critical and then i try it - looks can be deceiving.

  7. Yes, Lena is right! They do not look ugly! In fact they look nice and delicious! I have been thinking of making bread lately, now kinda busy! After seeing yours, I just can't wait....!

  8. Agreed with lena, they don't look ugly.
    I like the moist and spongy texture :)

  9. The ingredient list sounds delicious, Zoe. What a great holiday lunch this could be.

  10. These make up in taste what they lack in eye appeal. This is my first visit to your blog, so I've spent some time browsing through your earlier posts. I really am glad I did that. I like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  11. They actually look really good - I think you're brave to make bread - I got to get into it!
    Mary x

  12. This doesn't look that ugly! Love the meringue ghosts!

  13. Ugly? not to me! Want to send the whole batch to me?

  14. I would love those scrolls for lunch, they look so healthy, delish and sumptuous, definitely nothing ugly to me :)

  15. I really don't think it looks ugly...not at all. It looks wholesome, rustic and delicious!

  16. This is such a great idea, putting turkey, cranberries and bread all into one recipe. I wonder if my family would mind if I served that for this Christmas' dinner instead of 3 separate dishes? :D
    (thanks for coming by my blog.)