Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Easy Braided Egg Bread


I don't mean to brag, but I JUST MADE THIS. Whoa right? I used to be totally envious of people who would make their own bread, thinking they must have so much extra time on their hands to do so. But I am here to tell you it's actually super easy! And there is nothing more satisfying than eating bread that you baked yourself. I feel like some sort of new-age-type-pioneer lady now. Next thing you know I'll be churning my own butter. Ok enough bragging, here's how I made it.





Easy Braided Egg Bread (via roxanashomebaking.com)


So I just followed this blog's recipe exactly, (if it ain't broken!) so I've just copied it here:


Ingredients
  • 4 cups bread flour 
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast 
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter, diced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs + 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • Topping
  • 1 egg yolked mixed with few drops of milk
  • *more flour for dusting the working area
Make It!
  1. In a mixing bowl add 2 cups of flour, sugar and yeast. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the water, milk and butter and heat until lukewarm (~ 110F). Pour over the flour mixture, stir to combine and let it rest for about 10 minutes until the sticky dough starts to rise and gets a spongy texture.
  3. To the yeast mixture, add the lightly beaten eggs, salt and, with the dough hook on, start kneading, slowly adding the remaining 2 cups of bread flour.
  4. When all the flour is added, increase the mixer speed to medium-high and let it knead for about 3-4 minutes or until the dough cleans itself from the sides of the bowl.
  5. If it's still sticky add just a little bit more flour. The dough should be soft and elastic and just a wee bit sticky to your fingers.
  6. With the help of a spatula, place the dough into a buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature until doubled in volume. It should take little over an hour.
  7. When the dough is risen, place it on a lightly floured surface, divide into 3 and roll each piece into a 15 inch rope.
  8. Braid the ropes, pinching the ends and tuck them under to seal.
  9. Gently place the braid on a cookie sheet. If it's easier for you, you can braid it directly on the cookie sheet.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap again and let it rest for the second time for about half an hour.
  11. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400F.
  12. Just before placing the bread into the oven, brush it with the egg was (1 egg yolked mixed with few drops of milk).
  13. Bake for 30 minutes or until nice and golden.
  14. Let it cool before slicing.



I'm curious to try some other bread recipes now, maybe a focaccia or something? Oh the possibilities!

Happy Baking :)

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