Introduction: Fancy Braid Bread
This is an easy way to make your bread look fancy.
This recipe uses the same ingredient as my Bosnian bread.
As always, thanks for reading!
Step 1: Ingredients
You will need:
1 package bread yeast
2.5 cups, all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. warm milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup warm water
Additionally, you may want some sesame seeds and a little melted butter to finish right before baking.
Step 2: Yeast
Combine the yeast, milk, sugar and water.
Mix gently and set aside for 15 minutes. This allow the yeast to activate.
When it looks frothy, it's ready.
Step 3: Mix
In a larger container, combine 2 cups of flour and the salt.
When your yeast is activated, mix the dry and wet ingredients together. When your ingredients are mixed well, sprinkle the remaining flour over the dough ball to prevent sticking. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour.
Optional, This dough can be very sticky. You can spray cooking spray onto whatever bowl you are mixing and rising in to further prevent sticking.
Step 4: Knead, Roll, Braid
After an hour, punch down the dough and knead for 5 minutes. Add a small amount of extra flour to prevent sticking while kneading.
Cover again and allow to rise for an additional 25 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
After the second rising, knead lightly for 5 minutes and divide in three even parts. Roll the parts into snakes and pinch the ends together.
Place on baking sheet and braid the pieces together carefully
Step 5: Brush and Bake
Allow to rise for an additional 15 minutes. Brush lightly with butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Place your loaf in your 375 degree F oven and bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, if you can wait, and enjoy!
Remember, there are no preservatives in this bread, so it will get stale after 3 of 4 days.