Butterscotch Bread: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Imagine a warm, sweet, and buttery loaf that's perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. It's a delightful treat that's sure to impress your friends and family. This Butterscotch Bread recipe is straightforward and requires just a few ingredients. Plus, it's a great way to practice your cake decoration skills.

Ingredients for the Bread:

- Bread Dough:

 - Nippun Asumo Yawara: 150g

 - Cane sugar: 15g

 - Salt: 3g

 - Saf Instant Dry Yeast (Red): 2.5g

 - Buttermilk powder: 6g

 - Egg: 20g

 - Water: 85g

 - Fermented butter, no salt: 25g

- Butterscotch Sauce:

 - Brown sugar (or granulated sugar): 25g

 - Water: 1 teaspoon

 - Fermented butter, no salt: 13g

 - Fresh cream 36%: 25g

 - Salt: a pinch

Preparation Steps:

1. Warm Up: Bring the butter for the dough and butterscotch sauce to room temperature. Also, warm the cream in a hot water bath or microwave to about body temperature.

2. Kneading: Measure all the ingredients for the dough, except butter, and start mixing. After kneading for 10 minutes, add the butter. Knead until smooth, then form into a ball. The recommended kneading temperature is 26-28℃.

3. Primary Fermentation: Place the dough in a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it ferment in a warm place. Make the butterscotch sauce and keep it warm.

4. Bench Time: Once the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and spread it out on the counter. Fold the dough into thirds, turn it over, shape it into a rectangle, and let it rest for 15 minutes.

5. Formation: Flatten the dough, roll it out to a size of 20 cm x 30 cm, and spread a thin layer of butterscotch sauce on half of it. Cut the dough in half lengthwise, layer the cut pieces on top of the sauce-coated dough, and spread a thin layer of sauce on the top half. Cut the stacked dough into 4 equal parts, spread sauce on three of them, and press together.

6. Second Fermentation: Let the dough rise again in a warm place until it's a bit larger.

7. Baking: Brush the dough with egg and bake in an oven preheated to 180℃ for about 18 to 20 minutes. Adjust the baking temperature and time according to your oven and bread color.

8. Cooling: Once baked, remove from the mold and let it cool.

Making the Butterscotch Sauce:

- Place sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar melts and turns a caramel color. Turn off the heat.

- Add the butter that has been brought to room temperature and mix with a heat-resistant spatula.

- Gradually add the warm cream and mix until slightly thickened.

- Add a pinch of salt, mix, and transfer to a container. Let it cool at room temperature.

Enjoy your homemade Butterscotch Bread, a perfect blend of sweetness and buttery goodness. It's a great way to add a touch of elegance to your cake decoration projects.