Nadiya Hussain’s Crown Bread (with a few twists)

I am so excited to share Nadiya Hussain’s crown bread recipe with you,
with a couple of twists (pun intended). Follow along with detailed picture step-by-step instructions.

Crown bread on cutting board

What is Crown Bread?

Crown bread, a lesser-known gem in the bread world, is often called wreath or Couronne bread in the United States. Its signature lies in its round crown shape. The bread itself is filled with savory ingredients.

This bread is always a showstopper! You can enjoy it year-round, but it is especially popular during the holidays. I enjoyed this bread with an old friend and a bottle of wine.

Personalizing Nadiya’s Recipe

I am a huge Nadiya Hussain fan. Her talent and kindness always make her a joy to watch. Like most recipes, I like to customize them to my taste and budget. Here’s how I’ve tweaked Nadiya’s original recipe:

  • Rosemary: While it’s part of the original, I omitted it. I felt it was too much flavor in an already complex flavored bread. If you’re a rosemary fan, please incorporate it back in.
  • Cheese Selection: My first attempt with goat blue cheese didn’t hit the mark, as the flavor decreased upon baking. The second try with traditional blue cheese was a success. The flavor stayed intact and tasted amazing.
  • Jam Selection: Swapping apricot jam with homemade apple jam was a budget-friendly and seasonal choice. Feel free to use your preferred jam.

Ingredients

  • Flour: Use all-purpose or bread flour with this recipe.
  • Yeast: Check the date to ensure the yeast is still active.
  • Milk Temperature: Lukewarm milk is needed to activate the yeast. Too hot will kill the yeast; too cold won’t activate it.
  • Butter: Cold butter works best for rubbing into the flour.
  • Cheese: The quality of blue cheese can make all the difference. Buy the best quality within your budget.
  • Tapenade: Use olive or substitute with sundried tomato tapenade for a lighter flavor.
  • Jam: Nadiya used apricot jam, and I used apple. Use the jam you love!

Let’s Make Crown Bread

Step 1: Preparing the Dough

  • Mix the flour, salt, and yeast in a large bowl.
  • Rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles small crumbs.
  • (Optional) If using rosemary, add it to the flour mixture.
  • Create a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  • Pour in the milk and add the beaten egg.
  • Mix everything to form a rough dough.

Step 2: Kneading the Dough

  • Transfer the dough onto a floured or oiled surface.
  • Knead for approximately 10 minutes until the dough becomes stretchy and smooth.
  • (Alternative) If using a mixer, attach the dough hook and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Step 3: First Rise

  • Place the kneaded dough in a clean bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film or a shower cap.
  • Let the dough rise until it doubles, which should take about 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • During this time, line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Step 4: Shaping the Dough

  • Once the dough has doubled, gently knock out the air.
  • Roll the dough on a lightly floured or oiled surface into an 11×15-inch rectangle.
  • Evenly spread the tapenade and crumble the blue cheese over the dough.
  • Roll up the dough tightly, starting from one of the longer edges.

Step 5: Creating the Crown Shape

  • Leave about an inch from the top edge and cut down the center of the rolled dough, ensuring the top remains connected.
  • Carefully twist the cut sections around each other, forming a crown or wreath shape.
  • Place the shaped dough on the prepared baking tray.
  • Cover lightly with cling film and let it rest for about 30 minutes, allowing it to rise slightly.

Step 6: Baking

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once the dough has risen, place the tray in the oven.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the bread is golden and cooked through.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

  • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  • Warm up your choice of jam in the microwave.
  • Brush the warm jam over the top of the bread for a glossy finish.

Step 8: Serving

  • Slice and serve the bread warm or at room temperature.
  • Enjoy your homemade crown bread with family and friends!

Resources and recipe credit:
* If you would like to see the original recipe, click here.
* If you want to watch the Time to Eat video, click here.

Crown Bread

Nadiya Hussain’s Crown Bread (with a few twists)

Nadiya Hussain's delicious Crown Bread is easier to make than you might think. I will show you step by step how to make this savory and decadent bread!
4.78 from 9 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250 g bread flour
  • 7 g yeast
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4.5 oz warm milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4.5 oz olive tapenade
  • 5.5 oz blue cheese
  • 3 tbsp jam

Instructions

Step 1: Preparing the Dough

  • Mix the flour, salt, and yeast in a large bowl.
  • Add butter and rub it into the flour mixture until it resembles small crumbs.
  • (Optional) If using rosemary, add it to the flour mixture.
  • Create a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  • Pour in the milk and add the beaten egg.
  • Mix everything to form a rough dough.

Step 2: Kneading the Dough

  • Transfer the dough onto a floured or oiled surface.
  • Knead for approximately 10 minutes until the dough becomes stretchy and smooth.
  • (Alternative) If using a mixer, attach the dough hook and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Step 3: First Rise

  • Place the kneaded dough in a clean bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film or a shower cap.
  • Let the dough rise until it doubles in size, which should take about 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • During this time, line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Step 4: Shaping the Dough

  • Once the dough has doubled, gently knock out the air.
  • Roll the dough on a lightly floured or oiled surface into an 11×15 inch rectangle.
  • Evenly spread the tapenade and crumble the blue cheese over the dough.
  • Roll up the dough tightly, starting from one of the longer edges.

Step 5: Creating the Crown Shape

  • Leave about an inch from the top edge and cut down the center of the rolled dough, ensuring the top remains connected.
  • Carefully twist the cut sections around each other, forming a crown or wreath shape.
  • Place the shaped dough on the prepared baking tray.
  • Cover lightly with cling film and let it rest for about 30 minutes, allowing it to rise slightly.

Step 6: Baking

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once the dough has risen, place the tray in the oven.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the bread is golden and cooked through.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

  • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  • Warm up your choice of jam in the microwave.
  • Brush the warm jam over the top of the bread for a glossy finish.

Step 8: Serving

  • Slice and serve the bread warm or at room temperature.
  • Enjoy your homemade crown bread with family and friends!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Nadiya Hussain's Crown Bread (with a few twists)
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
357
Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Cholesterol
 
67
mg
22
%
Sodium
 
775
mg
34
%
Carbohydrates
 
39
g
13
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
13
g
26
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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