Spring officially has sprung, and you know what that means...
Well yes, it does mean no more snow (hopefully) and a little more sunshine, but it also means a whole lotta rainy days.
But though the April showers are working hard to bring May flowers, we can bring some brightness and happiness into our homes at any time via this Rainbow Swirl Bread
. Isn’t this the craziest/most awesome thing you ever did see? It’s like the rainbow and the pot of gold all in the same recipe -- the pot of gold being a delicious sandwich bread you can eat with anything and everything.
Let’s taste the rainbow!
First, make your basic bread dough. I used the same base I’ve used for other dyed bread recipes (like panda bread
, owl face bread
, etc.) because it works so well every time and holds up to a bit of a beating when you add the dye.
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 coloring. Add about 10 drops of food coloring to the dough and, using your hands (I’d recommend wearing gloves, lest you end up with a rainbow on your hands, literally), knead the food coloring into the dough, adding more food coloring as needed 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 easysauce 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 tea towel or plastic wrap and let 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.
See all the purdy colors? Now it’s time to swirlify!
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 and a thermometer inserted in the bottom center of the loaf registers at 190 degrees F, about a half-hour. Remove the bread from the pan and let it cool completely before you slice into it.
Finally, it’s time to reveal your rainbow! Look at that awesome swirl.
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 and cheer in your life. Happy baking! Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) has spring fever, and the only prescription is more rainbow. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!