The Circle of Loaf

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But the sun rolling high… through the sapphire sky… keeps great and small on the endless round… it’s the circle of LOAF!The Circle of Loaf - a Lion King- inspired bread recipe to be enjoyed by those great and small

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From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun

The Circle of Life is one of the main anthems from the 1994 Disney musical film The Lion King. With original songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, an all-star voice cast including Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, and more, it won two Academy Awards for its achievement in music and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done

The musical version opened on Broadway in 1997 and on the West End in 1999. In both the movie and musical, The Circle of Life forms the opening sequence where the animals are summoned from around the kingdom for the presentation of Simba, the newborn son of The Lion King, Mufasa. The orchestra and choir build and it is all very theatrical and rousing.

It is also sung at the end of Act II to celebrate Simba taking his rightful place as the Lion King, and the presentation of his own newborn cub, signally the real circle of life.

There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found

So I *could* write some flowery blurb here about how bread is the food of life, a basic sustenance that keeps us going… and how that inspired this recipe… but actually it’s just a good pun. I’ll think you’ll cope with that explanation.

Mix bread flour and butter together in a bowl, rubbing the butter so it crumbles into small pieces and mixes with the flour. Add sugar, salt, and yeast, and stir well. Gradually add enough warm water to form a soft dough.

Flour a worksurface and knead the dough for five minutes until it is smooth. Place it back in the bowl, cover it with oiled plastic wrap (cling film) and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes.

Knead the dough again for a few minutes, slowly working it into a long sausage shape.

But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

Place it in a ring shape on a baking tray lined with a silicone mat. Work the ends of the dough together as neatly as possible. Recover it with the oiled plastic wrap and return the dough to that warm place for 30 minutes.

Remove the plastic wrap and bake in a preheated oven for around 20 minutes.  Let cool slightly then let the great and the small from across the land enjoy this circle of loaf!

It’s the circle of life!

The Circle of Loaf - a Lion King- inspired bread recipe to be enjoyed by those great and small

The Circle of Loaf
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Ingredients

  • 475g (15 oz) bread flour
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1¼ tsp fast-action dried yeast
  • 275ml (9fl oz) warm water

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour and butter together in a bowl, rubbing the butter so it crumbles into small pieces and mixes with the flour. Add sugar, salt, and yeast, and stir well. Gradually add enough warm water to form a soft dough.
  2. Flour a worksurface and knead the dough for five minutes until it is smooth. Place it back in the bowl, cover it with oiled plastic wrap (cling film) and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes.
  3. Knead the dough again for a few minutes, slowly working it into a long sausage shape. Place it in a ring shape on a baking tray lined with a silicone mat. Work the ends of the dough together as neatly as possible. Recover it with the oiled plastic wrap and return the dough to that warm place for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the plastic wrap and bake in a preheated oven for around 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.
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