Whole Wheat Bread Spirals

From the time I first saw this bread in a picture I have wanted to try it. I thought it looked very pretty. This is another bread inspired by Valentina Zurkan. It looks a lot prettier when you use white flour or bread flour. But I rarely bake anything with just white flour these days so I used a substantial amount of white whole wheat flour and went easy on the butter. It may not brown as well with whole wheat flour but I think it looks a lot healthier and tasted great.

This week I am posting recipes that are fun to bake. Play with the dough and get a beautifully shaped bread. For this bread I used layers separated with a filling. The filling keeps the layers separate even after baking. Simple cuts and twists make the bread look dainty and pretty.

It was an afternoon well spent. It would be a great project with kids as the twisting is very forgiving. You can use any filling you like, savory or sweet.

You will need
1 3/4 cup whole white wheat flour
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tbsp. olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
1 tsp. Instant yeast
2 tbsp. water
1/2 cup milk

For the wash
1 tsp. butter melted

Between the layers ( double if you want it really sweet)
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. cinnamon powder
3 tbsp. sugar

Sift the flours and add it with the other dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the wet ingredients. Combine and form a soft dough. Cover and keep it aside until it doubles in volume, about an hour an a half.

Flour a working surface and transfer the dough on it. Divide it into 4 portions and roll each portion into a disc about a forth of an inch thick. In a small bowl mix the ingredients for the filling. Spread a third of it on one of the discs. Place another second disc over it. Spread half the remaining filling on this layer. Place another layer on it. Spread the remaining filling over it and place the last layer over it. Roll gently with the rolling pin. Then cut it as shown in the picture below.

Pick up all four layers of one of the triangles as shown below. Now twist it in one direction several times and place it back.

Repeat with all the other triangles.

Brush the top with melted butter. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes. Meantime preheat the oven at 425 F.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the top starts to brown. This is whole bread bread so it will not brown like all purpose flour.

Enjoy with a cup tea!


  1. such an artistic baker you are!!! all the breads shapes are beautiful and so attractive... hats off!!

  2. even with the detailed step by step i would never be able to treat this so well...this looks very beautiful...

  3. You are a bread artist Varada.. Such a beautiful bread again and the sweet filling makes it even more tempting for me :-)

  4. Sowmya is right...you are not just a great baker, you are a great artist as well. My bookmark list is growing longer and longer than ever before :-)

  5. Stunning looking piece of art. I agree with my friends. You are an artist and a baker all rolled in one!!

  6. It looks so elegant Varada, just as the title suggests.

  7. This looks fabulous and absolutely a delicious as well as beautifully braided bread...

  8. Prefection to the core, those spirals looks absolutely stunning, very elegant..

  9. All the breads you posted this week are beautiful and must have been fun. You are very artistic. :)

  10. what can i say, except that I wish for half these skills of bread making !! awesome series for Week 1

  11. Such a beautiful bread Varada. The pattern looks awesome! And thanks for the step by step pics :)

  12. Beautiful bakes.. very artistic and great clicks

  13. Your crafting and artistic skills are absolutely marvellous! Each day has been like wow how pretty! One better than the other. Truly a visual treat Varada.

  14. It looks just fabulous – Swirl of lusciousness!

  15. Way too good Varada, awesome..Now I am unable to decide which was best, everything looked so stunning...

  16. Master baker you are varada, love these spiral bread, such a beautiful bread, a perfect dish for a party table!!! :)

  17. Varada, I am so glad I love so close to you! I am just going to invite myself over and learn the art of making beautiful breads :) Looks too good!

  18. One more beautiful bread from you looks fantastic..

  19. Another cute bread from you. This looks fabulous...

  20. Knew you were a master baker but now i also know that you are a bread artist. Looks awesome

  21. Okay Varada the bread artist this is awesome.


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