Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups bread flour
- 2/3 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon powdered yeast
- 1 egg yolk
- raisins and sesame seeds for decoration
- Add the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cloves to the bowl of a standing mixer and mix briefly.
- Make a small well in the center of the flour, and add the water, milk, egg, butter, shortening, vanilla, and yeast.
- Knead, using dough hook attachment, for 5 to 10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic and does not stick to the side of the bowl. If the dough appears dry or crumbly, add water, a teaspoon at a time, and knead until it's smooth. If the dough appears sticky, add small amounts of flour and knead, until dough is smooth and elastic.
- Place dough in an oiled bowl and let it rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (or overnight in the refrigerator).
- Divide dough into four parts and shape each portion into a ball. Roll the balls of dough on the countertop until they are smooth. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Shape the dough: Pinch a small part of the ball of dough and shape it into a head (it should stay attached to the bigger piece). Press the dough onto a cookie sheet, flattening and shaping it as you go, so that it resembles a large circle topped with a small circle.
- Press a small round cookie cutter into the smaller circle of dough, to make the outline of the "face".
- Using scissors, snip pieces of dough partially off of the body, stretching and curling them decoratively, and press them back down into the dough.
- Using a skewer, poke two holes for eyes and fill each one with half of a raisin.
- Let the dough rise for 30 minutes to an hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water and paint breads with the egg wash - on the body and lightly around the face. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool and serve.
Makes 4 wawas.