Butterflake Herb Loaf, transformed

It was not that long ago that I posted about an old King Arthur Flour bakealong challenge that is loved by all of us – their Butterflake Herb Loaf. So it was to my surprise that this month they’ve brought the challenge back with some twists.

We were challenged to make different fillings and adjust the method slightly to yield a softer dough. Using the tangzhong method, you take a bit of the flour and milk that goes into the dough and you cook it in a saucepan until it forms a paste. Then you add it to the rest of the ingredients and knead the dough together. It didn’t take much longer and it definitely yielded a better result. Definite win.

The first filling variation was pepperoni pizza – you roll out the dough and spread marinara on it, then top it with pepperoni and shredded mozzarella. We loved this one! And there were many complaints that there was only the one loaf. When it’s out of the oven you brush on a bit of garlic oil and it adds just enough flavor without causing garlic breath. So good!

Not to diminish the dessert one. Butterscotch chips and cinnamon sugar – mmm mmm. This was so delightful with a cup of tea. You spread softened butter over the rolled out dough, then sprinkle on cinnamon sugar and butterscotch chips. It filled the house with the most heavenly smell, too. It was then finished off with a vanilla sugar glaze that made it a next level dessert.

I didn’t like the changed shaping method. While it is easier to just roll out a rectangle and cut strips for the pieces, it just didn’t seem to fit as nicely in the pans. Maybe I needed to be a bit more precise with the measuring (my measuring tape has disappeared and it’s driving me bonkers!) so I shouldn’t be too harsh a critic. It did fill the pan better and I do understand why they did it, the bigger fillings would’ve been a nightmare to individually place on the circles of cut out dough.

Overall I’m very happy with this month’s challenge. I hope next month brings something brand new though as the last two months have been variations on old challenges.