There are few things in life that make me as happy as making bread. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s the perfect thing to make when you’re stressed out… Kneading and punching down the dough is a great way to work off that extra steam…and there’s not much in this world quite as delicious as hot bread straight from the oven.
Unless you’re talking about fresh from the oven Voodoo bread served alongside a hot and spicy bowl of Sinfully Slothful Seafood Gumbo. And in keeping with the idea of sinfully slothful, this bread takes so little effort that it’s perfect for lazy demons.
To make your own Voodoo bread, you will need:
- 1 box of instant bread mix
- Black food coloring
- Purple food coloring
- Green food coloring
- Warm water
Start by making your bread mix per the directions on the box.
Divide your dough into half and then divide one-half into half again. You should be left with three balls; 1 large and two smaller.
Use your black dye to dye the largest ball and then use your purple and green to dye the other two balls. You can dye the bread by placing a small amount of dye in the center of each dough ball and then kneading the color through. Use the flour to dust both your hands and your workspace to keep the dough from sticking.
Using a rolling pin, roll out each of your dough balls until they’re about 1/2 an inch thick and circular in shape.
Make sure you roll your black dough out so that it is larger than both your purple and green dough. Layer them down on your workspace, starting with your black, then moving to green and finally your purple. Stack your green on top of your black, lining up just one edge. Follow this piece with your purple dough, again lining up along the same edge you lined up your green with.
Lightly sprinkle your dough with a little water. Not too much…you just want it to be slightly damp so it will stick to itself.
Starting at your purple end, roll the dough up into a loaf shape, working towards the black end. You want to create a swirl, so it’s important to make sure that all three colors are being rolled up at the same time.
When you’re done rolling, you should be left with a solid black roll. You shouldn’t be able to see any of the other two colors.
Place your dough roll into your bread pan, seam side down. Tuck under your end edges as well.
Using a sharp knife, slash three ‘X’ in the top of your bread (in honor of the original Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau). Try to make your slashes deep enough that the cut through the black layer and reveal the green layer beneath.
Bake your bread according to the directions on the box mix.
When it’s done, allow it to cool for about 30 minutes (take that time to truly admire how badass it looks) before slicing and enjoying with your gumbo.