Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fruity Braided Bread

I am into bread making nowadays as the weather is getting a bit warmer and it is just perfect to ferment the bread dough. There’s nothing like the joy of making a loaf of bread at home and to be able to savor a warm crusty loaf straight out from the oven.

Ingredients:

350 g flour
40g sugar
¼ tsp salt
7g yeast
170ml fresh milk
1 egg
45g butter
1 ½ cups of dried fruits (raisins, cranberry, dried cherry)

Glaze (lightly beaten together)

1 egg
1 tbsp fresh milk

Topping

Some almond flakes
1 tbsp of sugar

1. Combine sifted flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a mixing bowl. Mix well Beat egg in milk, add slowing add it into the flour until it form a soft dough. Mix in butter and continue to beat until the dough is smooth. If at this stage the dough is a bit wet add a tbsp of flour. Add in all the dried fruits and nuts and mix well.
2. Cover mixing bowl with a damp tea towel. Leave aside in a warm place in the kitchen for an hour or until double in size.
3. Remove dough from the mixing bowl onto a lightly floured tabletop. Knead lightly then divide into 3 equal portions. Roll each portion into a strip 30cm long. Lay them side by side then gather the ends of the strips together and weave into a braid. Bring both ends of the braid together and make into a loop. Put it on a greased baking tray and cover with cling film. Let it rise for another 40 minutes until doubled in size.
4. Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with almond flakes and sugar. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degree F for 35-40 minutes or golden brown.

25 comments:

tracieMoo said...

Gert, the bread looks beautiful!!
Love the rustic look of the exterior and the soft interior!
looks so delicious I'm feeling hungry even after I just had my dinner.

Elin said...

How I miss making buns...looking at yours reminded me of those days when the Piggies love buns...your looks so yummy. Can I have a slice please?

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful homemade bread. Love the shape. Looks very delicious.

Silpa said...

yummy. love ur fruit bread. gone try soon..

Angie's Recipes said...

Love your fruity dimsum bread! Save the recipe.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks delicious and very pretty too.

Cheah said...

The bread looks so fresh and yummy.
Like the crust!

lilyng said...

lovely bread

kirbie said...

Your bread looks so pretty! I'm going to have to try this out soon.

Tuty @Scentofspice said...

My family is home-baked bread crazy... so this recipe will be next in baking line :-)

Jeannie said...

Would like to try this recipe when I get the chance, so lovely!

Anonymous said...

Love your bread! I know what you mean about this is the perfect weather to bake bread! Enjoy!
Happy baking!
LeeYong

Kitchen Corner said...

Very fruity bread! It looks like the xmas stollen.

ARUNA said...

wow this looks so gorgeous n yumm!!!

Anncoo said...

I love this type of bread especially with almond and raisins. Looks so good!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Once I got my KA mixer, I will start to do bread. This look simple and fresh!

My Asian Kitchen said...

this fruity bread look so pretty and golden brown.I'm going to try this recipe.Thanks for sharing!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

I can never get tired of bread! Your fruit braided loaf looks really inviting. ;) Will give it a try the next time I make bread...thanks!

ICook4Fun said...

Tracie,thank you. This bread stay soft even after 3 days.

Elin, sure. Come over and we can share :)

Mary, thank you.

Silpa, hope you like this.

Angie, LCOM, Cheah, Lily, thank you.

Kirbie, thanks.

Tuty, I am into making my own bread too :)

Jeannie, hope you like this.

LeeYong, thanks. Yea is getting much warmer now :)

Kitchen Corner, yes pretty similar but this bread is much softer.

Aruna, thanks for stopping by.

Anncoo, me too. Great for breakfast.

Sonia, when you are buying the KA mixer?

Lesley, thanks you.

Bee, over here we eat bread for breakfast. No chee cheong fun, no CKT or nasi lemak so a loaf like this finish pretty fast :)

momgateway said...

This reminds me of the beautiful breads at a neighborhood bakeshop when I was growing up. Lovely!

Pete said...

I love homemade bread, nice!

Chef Dennis said...

what a great recipe...it looks like it would be perfect with a cappuccino!!

mycookinghut said...

Looks really good!!!

ICook4Fun said...

Momgateway, thank you.

pete, thank you.

Chef Dennis, thanks for stopping by.

Leemei, thank you.

Yat Maria said...

Hi Gert

I'd like to try out this recipe. Hubby loves all things fruity. Thanks dear :0