Plaited Bread

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Serves 4

Preparation Time
min

Cook time
min

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Cook's NoteAdd garlic to the dough for extra flavour.
Entertainer's TipThe dough can be made a day in advance and stored in the fridge before baking.
Product TipThe Le Creuset Cast Iron Buffet Casserole is so versatile, it can be used on top of the stove, inside the oven as well as taken straight to the table to serve from.
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INGREDIENTS

  • 500g cake flour
  • 15ml salt
  • 15ml sugar
  • 10g instant yeast
  • 600ml tepid water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Black and white sesame seeds

METHOD

Sift together the flour, salt and sugar, then mix in the yeast.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in half the water. Mix together to form a soft and elastic dough, adding small amounts of water if necessary whilst continuously mixing, to achieve this consistency.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until smooth and the gluten has developed..

Place into a greased bowl, cover and put in a warm place to double in size, for about 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into 2 equal portions and roll into 2 logs. Place the logs to form a cross, one horizontal and one vertical. Fold the bottom log over the second, and repeat until you have a knotted piece of dough. Place the knot into a lightly greased Le Creuset Buffet Casserole and place in a warm place until it has again doubled in bulk.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Brush the surface of the bread with egg and sprinkle on some sesame seeds. Bake in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.