Lets get braiding!

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When you work on something that you’re passionate about, then you automatically start relating everyday life to it as well. The same happened with me yesterday as I was chatting with my niece who was telling me about new braided hairstyles in fashion. And during our chat, I started thinking about how cool it would be if I could braid something in baking as well! That reminded me about a ‘Braided Bread’ recipe I had been meaning to try for a long time. Finally got around to doing that today and trust me it’s not as hard and complicated as it seems. The only challenging part for me was to hold the camera in one hand and braid with the other in order to get step-by-step pics to make it easier to understand! :). The result is a wonderfully soft and flavoursome bread. So make sure you practice this lots, as not only is it a creative way to present bread, but is also the first of many such bread tutorials on The Bakealogue 🙂 ….

Braided Bread Ring

Braided Bread Ring

Ingredients:

Bread Flour: 3 cups
Unsalted Butter: 1 tbsp
Sugar: 1 tbsp
Active Yeast: 1 tsp
Milk: 1/2 cup
Warm Water: 1/2 cup
Garlic Butter: as required to brush on top

Method:
In a bowl, add the warm water, yeast and sugar. Allow to sit for a few minutes.
Add the milk and unsalted butter to the above and mix.
Add the bread flour a little at a time and continue to mix until it forms a dough like mixture.
Depending on the size of the ring you want, form dough balls.
Braid your bread as follows:

Assembling: (Braiding pics available in Tutorial section)

Step 1: Roll out each dough ball in oval shape. Divide the oval shaped dough into 3 equal strips. Pinch each strip with the help of your finger tips to make it more cylindrical.

Step 2: This step is done exactly as you would braid your hair. So you have 3 strips .. Left, Middle and Right.
First, take the Right strip over the Middle strip and next to your Left Strip. So your previous Right strip is now going to be the new Middle strip.
Then take the Left strip over the Middle strip and next to the Right strip. So your previous Left strip is now going to be the new Middle strip.
Now again take the Right strip over the Middle strip and next to the Left strip. So now you have a new Middle strip again.
Repeat this process until you get to the end of the dough. Cut out any uneven edges to give it a neat look.

Step 3: Place the braided strip horizontally and curve into a ring shape.

(…recipe continued)

Cover your bread rings with a cloth and leave in a warm place for approximately an hour or until it doubles in size.

Bake in your pre-heated oven at 175 Degrees Celsius for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until it forms a light golden brown colour. Brush with garlic butter as soon as they are out of the oven.

Congratulations! Your Braided Bread Ring is ready to be baked and served!

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