Recipe contributed by: Kainaaz Patell
A baker, artist, lifter and a maniac put together, Kainaaz loves experimenting in the kitchen. You can buy her amazing baked goodies by contacting her on Facebook.
Z…not much in the food world starts with Z. But I was given this letter for the #AtoZofParsiFood Challenge and the one request the Bawi Bride had of me is that it should be something to do with bread. So the challenge was a Bread starting with Z to be initiated into the Bawa world.
Google threw me one bread. ‘Zopf’ or ‘ Zupfe’ is a traditional sweet Swiss Braid to be eaten on Sunday mornings with choi. Zopf literally means braid, like it’s more popular cousin Challah, a Jewish Sabbath bread. We decided to try stuffing it with Kopra Pak. Since I had tried Niloufer Mavalwala’s recipe for Coconut Cake which also used the same filling somewhat, I decided to begin this experiment by first making the ‘khaman’.
I had to decide on a bread recipe which wasn’t too sweet or too heavy for this filling and Peter Reinhart’s Challah recipe fit the bill perfectly.
The challenges faced with making this was the heat and humidity while rolling out the dough and filling it with the sweet khaman which I had made a day in advance. Even though I used the khaman directly from the fridge, after placing it on the dough, it made it very difficult to seal the edges without the syrup seeping through. Sweating through the process, somehow the braid was ready and set aside to proof (second rise). After this, it went into the oven to bake and I prayed that the filling wouldn’t seep through the crust of the bread.
Surprisingly, this experiment worked a treat and the combination of flavours was amazing. Ofcourse, if you are daunted by the braiding you don’t have to make it elaborate and can also just stuff it into half moons and bake it like hand pies.
Without further ado, here is the recipe.
This post is part of my ongoing series on the blog, the A to Z of Parsi Food which has been curated in collaboration with Parsi food enthusiasts globally. For more interesting recipes follow the hashtag #AtoZChallenge mentioned below.