I have three boys. Needless to say, I don't have any hair to braid around here. So I decided to braid some bread instead.
Besides, I've been intrigued with these types of baked goods, so I had to do it out of curiosity.
Here it is in a nutshell.
The dough, ready to rise - I mixed this partially in Red Betty, my KA, and finished kneading by hand.
The dough, after rising...
Punching down, or deflating the dough
(have any aggressions to take out?)
It always looks so cool at this point.
I'm easily amused.
Here's where I changed the recipe a bit. The recipe says "BRAIDED", but the directions said to divide the dough into two parts and roll them into 36" ropes.
I might not have girls, but I know you need at least 3 ropes to braid,
so I divided the dough into 3 parts...
and made three ropes. I already had the raw, colored eggs.
I was bored the other day, and actually planned ahead for once.
I started loosely braiding while the eggs looked on.
It wasn't difficult to shape the braid into a ring.
I used a little water to seal the ends together.
After a quick transfer to a greased baking sheet, I tucked the eggs into the braids,
then covered the bread with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 45 minutes.
Here's the risen loaf. At this point the directions said to brush it with melted butter.
I used an egg wash (one egg, one tablespoon of water), which I brushed
on, then sprinkled with nonpareils.
The directions said to bake for 50-55 minutes, but my loaf was golden brown after 35. I left it in for 40.
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