Thursday, September 23, 2010
Baking bread is a lost art! It takes time, talent, and practice! Who knew you wanted to let yeast have time to dissolve and react before mixing it with dry ingredients! This was my first "fancy" bread, and it was delicious! The taste is ok, but the consistency and appearance are awesome! Give this recipe a try, and add dried fruit if you want!
Swiss Braided Bread
• 3 and 3/4 cups bread flour
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 egg
• 1 tbsp active dried yeast
• 1 tsp honey
• 1 cup lukewarm milk
• 4 tbsp melted butter
Combine the wet ingredients (except the egg) and yeast.
Stir and let it stand for 15 min until dissolved.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt.
Make a well and add the egg and the yeast mixture.
Combine well to obtain a rough dough.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic
Place in a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it double about 2 hours (depending on climate you enjoy)
Grease a baking sheet. Punch the dough and divide into 3 equal pieces. Roll each into a long thin rope.
Bring one of the ends together.
Cover them loosely and let sit for another 30 min until risen
Preheat Oven 375F. Now brush the braid and the knots with egg yolk and bake them for 30-45min or until golden.
Let them cool and slice them.