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Braided Loaf

I decided to try the first recipe of my newly bought baking book.This recipe is really easy to prepare and make...
How is the texture of the Braided Loaf?...

Ingredients;
1 package active dry yeast
1 tsp honey
1 cup lukewarm milk
4 tbsp butter,melted
3 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 egg,lightly beaten
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tsp milk for glazing
Method:
1:Combine the yeast ,honey,milk and butter,stir and leave for 15 minutes to dissolve.
2:In a large bowl,mix together the flour and salt.Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture and egg.With a wooden spoon,stir from the center,incorporating flour with each turn,to obtain a rough dough.
3: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.But I let it proof overnight.
4:Grease a baking sheet.Punch down the dough and divide into three equal pieces.Roll to shape each pieces into a long strip.
5:Begin braiding from the center strip,tucking in the ends.Cover loosely and leave to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

6:Preheat oven to 375 F.Place the bread in a cool place while oven heats.Brush with the glaze and bake until golden.40-45 minutes.Set on a rack to cool completely.
Look at the dough,ready for glazing and going into preheat oven.I guess when it's in process of proofing,the braid really break out.Other than that it's quite good ,I think this recipe is almost close to sweet bun recipe..Give a try.So far I find this recipe is the easier ....

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8 comments:

Big Boys Oven said...
January 4, 2008 at 7:26 AM

A good execution and a great success! well done babe!

Little Corner of Mine said...
January 4, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Looks really good leh, even brown color on top and looks soft.

Puteri said...
January 4, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Waahhhh!! Looks good enough to eat! Haha. Too bad with my new diet, I should stay away from white breads. Unless I make whole wheat, can eat la, but only a little.

ICook4Fun said...
January 4, 2008 at 4:21 PM

You are so good at making bread now. I can almost smell the fresh baked bread from my monitor :) I am sure it taste really good.

Beachlover said...
January 4, 2008 at 11:36 PM

bbo:
Thank you but still need to learn more about baking..

LCOM:
Yes,the color not bad but after the second day,the bread is quite dry .I keep in air tight container somemore..Something is wrong here..I think I put half and half instead of milk.

Puteri:
I have plenty of wholewheat recipe in my newly bought baking book.My hubby refused to eat the wholemeal bread I bake.He rather eat the one from supermarket..

icook4fun:
Thank you,you..but I think I over bake this one..I only bake for 40 min but the top is really brown and the bread is quite dry..I also make cup cake but inside cup cake is hollow,why?.Almost every cup is hollow,I don't believe it but Elliot show me the one he eat,yea..Hollow= lubang besar in the middle!! hahaha!!

The Cooking Ninja said...
January 5, 2008 at 3:39 AM

This looks like a brioche. :)

You can try sprinkling some grated cheese on top of it or put a slice of ham or sausages in the middle and make them smaller :)

By the way, I tried your Banana Chocolate Cookie with great results and one of my readers did hers like yours with raisin and rum.

Beachlover said...
January 5, 2008 at 8:02 PM

Cookingninja:
Thanks for the tips:))...yeah...let me hop to your blog....

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.