The summer has officially gone and so it’s time to start the autumnal baking season, here’s hoping this Rainbow Swirl Bread can put a smile on your face.
It’s one of those baking pot of golds and definitely a loaf worth making, even just for an afternoon indoors when the rain is tapping on the window and you want something to do with your loved one/s bar cuddling up and sipping cups of tea.
So, let’s taste the rainbow!
First, make your basic bread dough.
Divide the dough into five pieces, or however many colors you want to swirl into the loaf.
To dye each piece of dough, place one piece at a time onto a plastic cutting board or any work surface you don’t mind getting covered in food colouring. Add about 10 drops of food colouring to the dough and, using your hands (I’d recommend wearing gloves), knead the food colouring into the dough, adding more food colouring until the dough is fully dyed.
I’ll admit this does take some time (about 10 minutes per piece), but it’s by far the toughest step of the whole recipe so once you’re done, it’s easy from here on out. Repeat the process with the remaining pieces of dough (clean your hands and work surface between each piece) until they’re all dyed.
Cover the dough with a damp tea towel or cling film and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled.
Punch down the risen dough, then roll out the red piece on a lightly floured surface into an 8-by-4-inch thin rectangle. Roll out the yellow piece the same way and place it directly on top of the red piece. Repeat with remaining pieces, stacking them all on top of each other into one large 8-by-4-inch rectangle.
Tightly roll up the dough into a loaf and place it into a greased loaf pan. Cover it and let it rise until doubled.
Bake the bread until it’s golden brown-ish on top. Remove the bread from the pan and let it cool completely before you slice into it.
Have fun with this bread — use it to make French toast, sandwiches, bread pudding or just to stare at it when you need a little brightness during the winter months.