Small history fact: this bread was traditionally gifted to moms who had given birth to girls! I couldn’t find out why sugarbread was especially suited to girls’ moms exactly, if you know or have a theory, please do share in the comments!
Tools: pastry brush, bread tin (25cm/10inch)
350 gr bread flour
7 gr instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
10 gr caster sugar + extra to sprinkle in the tin and sprinkle on top of the bread
20 gr softened butter + extra to grease the tin
2 tablespoons ginger syrup
150 ml milk, at 30C/86F
1 egg, beaten with a pinch of salt (keep one tablespoon aside for the glaze!)
150 gr coarse pearl sugar (“greinsuiker”) *
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* Coarse pearl sugar can be hard to find. If you can’t find it where you live, try smashing up sugar cubes in a tea towel (not too finely!). Alternatively, you could add 2 tablespoons of water to 150 gr caster sugar, spread it onto a baking sheet and leave it to dry overnight.
1. To make the dough, measure out the flour in a large bowl. Add yeast on one side of the bowl, salt and sugar on the other side. Combine with a balloon whisk. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the filling, and combine to form a dough with a wooden spoon. Knead 10 minutes in a stand mixer with dough hook attachment. Alternatively, knead by hand until the dough passes the windowpane test. This will take a bit longer.
2. Transfer dough to a bowl, very lightly greased with sunflower oil. Cover with a damp teacloth or clingfilm and leave to prove for 45 minutes.
3. Grease your tin with plenty of butter and cover the inside of the tin with sugar (like you would flour a tin).
4. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
5. Once proofed, turn dough out onto a working surface (it doesn’t have to be floured!). Knock it back, then push into a rectangular shape. Scatter the pearl sugar and cinnamon over the rectangle, then roll it up. Knead it a few times, then shape into a rectangle again, long side faced horizontally. Fold the bottom third of the rectangle up (this is a little like folding a letter!), then fold the top third down to cover the other 2 layers. Roll it slightly until it fits your tin. Place dough in tin, seam downward. Cover with oiled clingfilm or place in a plastic bag and leave to prove for 30 minutes.
6. Glaze the top with the leftover egg and sprinkle plenty of sugar on top. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. The crust and sides can become quite dark, but don’t get worried as this is to be expected with so much sugar involved! Turn out onto wire rack immediately after coming out of the oven, or you’ll have a difficult time getting it out of the tin. Leave to cool. Slice it up and serve with butter for extra deliciousness!
Source: Janneke’s, adapted slightly.