I've seen a Watermelon Bread post on Facebook not long ago but couldn't recall the website. I was intrigued by the artistic creation and set off to google for more images and recipes for Watermelon Bread. I was so pleased and happy when I finally discovered a Watermelon Look-a-like Raisin Bread recipe from Veronica's Kitchen. Thank you so much, Veronica. The bread was soft, freshly baked and I had toasted watermelon bread for breakfast the next day. They tasted great, laced with a layer of chunky peanut butter!
Place all ingredients except butter and raisins into a mixing bowl. Beat till a dough is formed, then add in the cubed butter. Continue to beat till an elastic and smooth ball of dough is formed.
Transfer the dough onto a floured surface, lightly knead for a while. Divide into 2 portions and divide 1 portion into 2, thus making 3 portions. Lightly knead a small piece of plain dough, form into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with clingwrap and let prove in a warm place for an hour or till double in size. Put a few drops of green colouring onto the other small piece of dough, roll in between the palms of your hands till colouring is incorporated. Cover with clingwrap and let prove for an hour in a warm place.
Shape the dough into a log, the length of the base of the lightly greased loaf dish (4.1/2 x 8.1/2 x 3 inch). Knock down some air in the plain dough, knead lightly, roll out to a piece big enough to wrap up the red log. Brush the dough with some milk, place the log on top and roll up.
Pinch the seams alongside the log and also the seams at the 2 ends. Knock down some air in the green dough, roll out to a much bigger piece than the plain dough, brush with milk.
Wrap up the white log with the green dough. Pinch the seams and tuck in the ends. Place the dough, seamsides down into the greased loaf dish. Cover with clingwrap and let prove in a warm place for an hour or so. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg.C for about 30 to 35 mins. Remove loaf and place on a wire rack to cool. (To test whether the bread is baked, give a knock on the top and if a hollow sound is heard, then the bread is done).
Recipe for Watermelon Look-A-Like Raisin Bread 西瓜面包
- 320 gm high protein/bread flour
- 1 medium egg (50 gm)
- 3/4 tsp instant dried yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 20 to 30 gm sugar
- 160 ml milk
- 50 gm butter cut into cubes (room temperature)
- 100 gm black raisins
- Red and Green food colouring
Please refer to the above pictures.