In this, our next installment of watch the Filipino cook and bake things he can’t even pronounce, we visit the province of Friesland in the Netherlands, home of fine cows, gallant horses, and the regional specialty bread called sûkerbôlle. Based on an old Frisian cookbook, this sugar bread loaf is lightly scented with cinnamon and ginger. The crunchy bits of half-melted pearl sugar embedded in the impossibly fluffy interior make sûkerbôlle surprisingly addictive.
Dutch cheeses, pannenkoeken, and a few treats by way of Indonesia define my limited knowledge of foods from the Netherlands. My introduction to the Dutch baking traditions through sûkerbôlle left a decidedly positive impression and I hope to learn more about it.
Bread Baking Buddies: Sûkerbôlle / Suikerbrood – Frisian Sugar Bread
hosted by Monique of Living on Bread and Water
Sûkerbôlle / Suikerbrood
Frisian Sugar Bread
makes two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaves
Final Dough Formula:
Ingredients Volume Ounces Grams all-purpose flour 4 cups 17.65 500 milk, room temperature 155 ml eggs 2 ginger syrup 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 5 1/4 tbsp 2.65 75 instant yeast 2 1/2 tsp .3 8 kosher salt 1 tbsp .375 10 ground cinnamon 1 tsp pearl sugar 1 cup 5.3 150
Final Dough Instructions:
Mix Mix all of the ingredients except the ground cinnamon and pearl sugar until evenly incorporated. Knead 8 to 10 minutes Bulk Ferment 2 hours at room temperature Divide 2 pieces Rest 15 minutes Shape Stretch into a rectangular shape and sprinkle with the pearl sugar and ground cinnamon. Roll and shape into rectangular loaves, about 8 inches long.
Stretch into a rectangle
Top with the sugar and ground cinnamon.
Roll tightly beginning from the short edge of the rectangle.
Proof in a greased and floured 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.
Preheat Oven 400ºF/205ºC Final Proof 45 to 60 minutes at room temperature, or until almost doubled in size
Proofed sûkerbôlle. Looks almost doubled to me.
Bake Bake for 30 minutes at 400ºF/205ºC, rotating the loaves after 15 minutes if necessary. Cool At least 30 minutes
Freshly baked sûkerbôlle.