Plaited Loaf Recipe

Plaited Loaf Recipe

Ingredients : Makes one loaf

15 ml

5 ml

250 ml

50 g

425 g

5 ml

1

1

5 ml

Active dried yeast

Honey

Lukewarm milk

Butter, melted

Strong flour

Salt

Egg, lightly beaten

Egg yolk, beaten with

Milk, to glaze

Method :
  • Combine the yeast, honey, milk and butter. Stir and leave for about 15 minutes to dissolve.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Make a central well; add the yeast mixture and egg.
  • With a wooden spoon, stir from the centre, gradually incorporating the flour, to obtain a rough dough.
  • Transfer to a floured surface and knead, until smooth and elastic. Place in a clean bowl, cover and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Grease a baking sheet. Punch down the dough and divide into three equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long thin strip. Begin plaiting with the centre strip, tucking in the ends. Cover loosely and leave to rise in warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile preheat the oven to 190oC / 375oF / Gas 5.
  • Brush the bread with egg and milk glaze and bake until golden, about 45-50 minutes.
  • Turn out and cool on a wire rack.

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