Introduction: Watermelon Braid (Bread)

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Watermelons are in season and they can be found everywhere. So it is time to try something new and exciting -- watermelon bread!

The fruit content allows the otherwise plain wheat loaf to retain extra moisture, thus preventing the bread from becoming dry and uninteresting as quickly as it normally would. So even though this melon braid is best the same day it is baked, it can also be eaten the next day, while the third day finds it still moist but somewhat crumbly.

The watermelon adds a delicate pinkish-orange color and subtle sweetness to the bread, making it well suited for special occasions as well as a family table surprise. The braided shape makes it look extra spectacular, but the dough can also be made into a plain loaf, which will in no way diminish the flavor of the bread. If a bread pan is not available, the dough can be placed on a floured baking sheet, in which case the loaf will just become a little flatter. The watermelon adds natural sweetness to the bread, but since the yeast eats sugar as food, it is necessary to add some extra sweetener, together with a little oil for extra soft moistness -- soft, watermelony moistness.

Now, the thing is that you might also get tired of watermelon bread, so what do you do? You freeze the watermelon, either as chunks or puree! Now you can use it whenever you feel like it. Cool, right?

Step 1: Ingredients

1 1/2 c. (3 1/2 dl.) watermelon puree (about 3 c./7 dl. melon chunks), lukewarm
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. oil
4 c. (9 1/2 dl.) wheat flour, plus extra for kneading
2 tsp. dry yeast

Step 2: Prepare the Melon

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Puree the watermelon in a blender or food processor. You need 1 1/2 c. puree, so about 3 c. diced watermelon will do.

Step 3: Prepare the Dough

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Transfer the watermelon puree to a pot, add the salt, sugar, and oil, and heat the mixture until it is warm (so the yeast can work). Mix the flour and dry yeast (so the yeast will be evenly distributed) and add it to the puree. Start stirring with a spoon, and then knead the dough by hand until it is smooth and pliable, 2 to 5 minutes.

Step 4: Prepare the Bread

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Divide the dough into three equal parts, and roll each into a thick rope about 1 1/2 ft. (45 cm.) long. Group the one end of the ropes together and braid the dough. Finish by tucking under the ends and placing the braid in a floured bread pan or on a floured baking sheet (you can also use parchment paper on the baking sheet). Flour the pan/baking sheet by rubbing it with oil and then dusting it with flour.

Let the dough rise until it has doubled in size, about 1 hr.

Bake it at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 40 to 45 min. The bread should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom if it is ready.

Let it cool a little before eating. Enjoy! If you like this idea, please vote for me in the FERROUS CHEF: WATERMELON contest. Thank you!

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Melon Braid

Yields: 1 loaf

Ingredients
1 1/2 c. (3 1/2 dl.) watermelon puree* (about 3 c./7 dl. melon chunks), lukewarm
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. oil
4 c. (9 1/2 dl.) wheat flour, plus extra for kneading
2 tsp. dry yeast

Instructions
1. Mix puree, salt, sugar, and oil. Make sure mixture is lukewarm.
2. Mix flour and yeast, and add to puree. Stir and then knead until smooth and pliable.
3. Make three long, thin stems, seal them at one end, and braid them together. Place braid in floured 9 x 5 in. (23 x 13 cm.) bread pan.
4. Let rise until doubled in size.
5. Bake at 400° F (200° C) for 40 to 45 min.

* Puree in food processor or blender. May also use papaya puree.

Comments

applesauce345 (author)2014-08-16

Is there any way to make a gluten free version? I have coeliac's disease and it usually take four different flours and a separate rising agent to make a good GF bread.

Hmmm . . . I haven't tried – maybe I should look into it. I have a nice recipe for easy oatmeal bread that tastes really good.

joepgoossens made it! (author)2014-08-19

Tasted really good!

Wow! Looks beautiful. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for sharing!

Bhawya (author)2014-08-15

Wow, making bread using watermelon! Awesome..

PinchOfChili (author)Bhawya2014-08-16

Yes! It is a fun way to use watermelon if you have too much of it.

Just yesterday I was wondering if it was possible to make watermelon bread. My question has been answered! This looks amazing!

why is your watermelon orange? :S did u used watermelon or melon?

PinchOfChili (author)sabu.dawdy2014-08-14

I used watermelon. I know the melon is red, but when you puree it and mix it with flour, it gets an orange hue to it – somewhere between pink and orange. I hope you will try the bread!

I am happy I could help you!

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