My first post in over a year definitely calls for something a little special. I have chosen my adaptation of John Whaite’s recipe for Chocolate, Hazelnut and Sour Cherry Celebration Plaited Wreath.
Although John’s choice of ingredients for the filling are lovely, I chose to use Nutella, white chocolate chunks and almond flakes. Although of course I am ever the advocate for being individual with one’s choice of ingredients…the sole reason for my choice here is that I was using up whatever I had in my baking cupboard! Secondly, in my household, white chocolate is always favoured (i.e. my Hubby’s favourite!). I didn’t use any exact measurements for my alternative filling… but for your guidance, I’d say I used about 80g white chocolate, chopped into chunks and about 50g flaked almonds (ish!). Nutella quantity as stated by John.
I loved this recipe. Mainly because as soon as I saw that this loaf was plaited, I took a sharp intake of breath. I was envisaging a Paul Hollywood-esque 8-strand plait… and me getting myself into a huge tangle of dough lengths… possible ending up with my arms tied together (rather a strange bondage technique there! HA). But no. lovely kind Mr Whaite only requires 2 humble dough strands to achieve this rather impressive finished wreath.
A recipe I’d definitely recommend trying …one of those that make you look more clever and skilled than you really are 😉
Recipe taken from ‘John Whaite Bakes’.