Braided Dinner Bread

by grace on March 7, 2012

Long time no see, right?
I know…a post is waaay overdue. But take it from me, it’s quite challenging not to make baked goods. QUITE.
But as I mentioned before bread is necessary for humans to live, therefore it is an exception. Also, this bread kind of looks like challah bread, but it’s not. Don’t get me wrong it tastes and looks delicious, but it’s not challah.
How do you even make challah bread? I guess I have my next recipe now. My blog is about to be transformed into breadtopia…starting now.
On the other hand…I know I haven’t done an outfit post since January, so one will be up shortly.

Enjoy this lovely bread! (Recipe is adapted from this wonderful blog; I know, it’s an old post)

Braided Bread

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp sugar
1 packet active dry yeast (approx 2 1/4 tsp)
1 cup warm milk (microwaved for 20-30 seconds)
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg, beaten

DIRECTIONS
Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm milk in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes until milky.  Add flour, butter and salt to yeast mixture; mix until evenly incorporated.

Knead the dough until smooth (about 5-10 minutes).  Cover dough with plastic wrap, and let rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Punch the dough down and divide it into four equal portions.  Roll each quarter of the dough into a long rope, approximately 12″ long.  Place all four ropes on top of a greased baking sheet.  Take the top end of each rope and press together to join them.  Braid the dough by taking each outside rope and moving it to the center.  Tuck the ends below the braided strands if any are uneven.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 90 minutes or until doubled in size.  While the bread is rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Bake the dough for 15 minutes and remove from the oven.  Brush the beaten egg onto the dough to create an even, glossy layer.  Put the dough back in the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm, if possible.

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