Yeast Braid Bread

The braided shape of this yeast bread makes it a great choice for gifting. Gesunde Ernährung It’s also a fun way to teach kids how to knead bread. This recipe makes 2 loaves that can be frozen separately so you don’t have to bake them at once.

The dough is simple to make with just a few ingredients that can be mixed in the stand mixer. It’s a good recipe to start with for first time bread makers and is much easier than it looks.

To start, whisk the yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Pour warm milk over the mixture to cover and let it sit until frothy. Then add the melted butter and egg to the mix. Once the dough has become smooth and elastic, transfer it to a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is soft and slightly sticky. Then place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rise for at least two hours until it has doubled in size.

For a sweeter yeast braid, sprinkle the dough with about 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar or 2 teaspoons of powdered sugar (both sifted). Then brush it with a light glaze before baking. You could also use orange zest or some cinnamon and cardamom if you want to try something a little different.

You can also add a few raisins and some poppy seeds. You can also try a variety of different fillings, including apple cider or lemon curd.

The basic method of making the braid is to roll each of the three pieces of dough between your hands until they form a rope, about 12 to 15 inches long. Then line them side by side on a floured board, starting the braid at the center of each rope.

Repeat this process with the other three pieces of dough. You should end up with nine skinny ropes. You can do a simple braid or an elaborate one with nine strands. You can even use the over 2 under 2 over 2 method to make a six-strand braid.

If you’re using a larger piece of dough, it may take a few tries to get the right amount of strands. But with practice, you’ll see that it becomes easy to make a beautiful braid.

Once you’ve made a few braids, you can start to shape them into a loaf. I made mine into two loaves, but you can easily scale up the recipe if needed.

I used my smallest rolling pin to roll the dough into logs, but you can also use a pizza cutter or even a knife to divide the dough. Just be sure to keep the ends of the dough together as you’re rolling so that you can braid them into a loaf.

Once the loaf is formed, transfer it to a parchment-lined cookie sheet and allow it to rise again for another hour. Then bake it at 350°F for 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. You can then slice it and enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea!