I have been trying for a good while to make a very nice braided loaf of bread. You know the kind. The one all family members ooo and ahhhh over and tell all their friends what a wonderful baker you are. I haven’t gotten to that part yet, but I keep trying.
After the first rise, I cut the dough into four equal parts.
Each part was then rolled out into a small triangle, then rolled into a long rope.
Once the four ropes are made, I placed two up and two sideways. Then started braiding. According to the instructions, I braided to the left all the way around and then braided to the right.
I continued to braid until there were only nubs left. 😀
I’m thinking you could stop here and make this into a turtle. Would be really cute.
Ok, next comes the really neat part. This is where the wow comes in. Pick up all the little nubs (turtle legs) and gather them together.
Now take that blob of dough and flip it over onto your stone, cookie sheet, whatever you use to bake your bread.
Isn’t it the neatest thing since sliced bread?
Now let it rise for the second time, then brush with a whipped egg. That gives it the shine on the crust after baking.
Bake according to your recipe. My problem is the centers do not bake completely. With the loaf above, I turned off my convection oven and just baked. I covered it with foil and ended up baking it for about an hour. The loaf turned out beautiful, as you saw in the first photo, but it was very dry. I am still working on getting the perfect braided loaf of bread.
Here it is cut up. This loaf was a monster size loaf. It measured a whopping 12″ in diameter. IF I make this recipe again, I’ll make two braided loaves. I would also like to make mini-braided loaves for the girls to have at lunch time.
Do you ever braid your bread dough?