Zopf or Braided Bread

Recipe by Artandkitchen
READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large bowl mix the warm milk, sugar, salt, butter, egg yolk and 200 g flour.
  • Mix with the hook for 1 minute.
  • Add the yeast and mix for 2 minutes again.
  • Add the remaining 300 g flour and work with the hook.
  • When the dough has pulled together and becomes smooth and elastic (after about 5 minutes) you can form the braid.
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and roll each piece into a 60 cm long cylinder (or 3 pieces of 30 cm). Braid the pieces together and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. This is the method that I use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcPnB0Sgc-Q.
  • In a small bowl, mix egg white and water and brush the bread with this mixture.
  • Let the dough rest after forming for 90 minutes until it doubles in size.
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 180°C for 20 to 25 minutes (heat and timing are basing it on convection oven), until golden.
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