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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Plaited Herb Bread



Made with sweat er love ! ^____^''

Hopefully , if I make bread frequently , my flabby arms will get toned ! lol

As if vacuuming and moping the floor is not enough tsk tsk

I never thought making bread is so enjoyable , sweat aside hee hee

This is a plaited bread and the instruction says that divide the dough into two but I've seen Lena's beautiful Challah and made a 3 strand braid instead .


I find the bread quiet delicious though I barely tasted the cheese , more is needed I guess or my cheddar cheese is not flavorful enough heh !

I used Italian seasoning as I don't have herbes de Provence and it's little bit strong for my taste ....

The texture is really good - that's according to me hee hee - and comparable to the ones they're selling here ...

Ha ! Mine's way better ! lol

The easiest bread  I've made so far .

And a must-try for those who seldom bake bread .


Recipe from The Big Book of Bread by Anne Sheasby

Makes 1 loaf ( Mine's 12"x5'' )

450 grams strong plain white flour
1 1/2 tsp salt ( I used 1 tsp )
25 grams butter , diced
1 sachet/ 7 grams easy-blend dried yeast ( 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast )
85 grams mature cheddar or red Leicester cheese , finely grated ( boring cheddar )
1 tbsp dried herbes de Provence ( Italian seasoning )
150 ml warm milk , plus extra for glazing
about 150 ml warm water

* Grease or flour a baking sheet and set aside . Sift flour and salt into a large bowl , then rub in the butter . Stir in yeast , cheese and dried herbs . Make a well in the center , then add the milk and enough water , mixing to form  soft dough .
* Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic . Shape the dough into round , then place it in a lightly oiled bowl , cover and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size .
* Knock back the dough on a lightly floured surface , then divide it into half . Roll each piece into a long sausage or rope shape and place them side by side , pinching them together at one end to seal  Loosely plait the ropes of dough together , then pinch them together at the other end .
* Place the plait on the baking sheet , cover and leave to rise again for about 30 minutes or until double in size .
* Meanwhile , preheat oven to 190°C . Lightly brush the plait with a little extra milk . Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the bread is risen , golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped underneath . Transfer to a wire rack to cool . Serve in slices .

18 comments:

  1. beautiful loaf! mm and the cheese and herbs together sound really good. it's hard to make those flavors come out sometimes though! but yummmm...

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  2. You can't easily find homemade food made with sweat and love...they are priceless:)

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  3. Hehe you are right abt those toned arms... the more bread u make, the more toned it will be! ;D

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  4. I love herb bread and this looks so good with a cup of good coffee.

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  5. I love a braided loaf...something so satisfying about pulling it apart and savoring every bite. Beautifully done, Anne.

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  6. You did it so beautiful, i also like herbs and savoury bread..

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  7. I have the same book! Haha! Your bread looks soft and fluffy! I'm making cheese bread too today, but am using the bread machine to knead the dough, as planning to mop the floor while the machine is busy! Multi-tasking!! hahaha!
    Homemade bread is always the best!

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    1. Joyce , I love the book and planning to buy it if the price is right ! :D ..... Good thing though at that time , I've just finished moping the floor ! lol

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  8. yes, if you knead more, your arms will firm up! but for me, i transfer all my muscles to my mixer. so lazy to knead! You did it so beautiful with the 3 strands, next time you can try 6 strands, ok? sure you can do it! Thanks for the mentioned!

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    1. Lena , it's more easier doing it in 3 strand ! :D If I'll make the one just like yours , I'll braid the dough in front of our computer as well ! lol

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  9. What a wonderful loaf. This looks amazing and I am sure it is delicious. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  10. Isn't that a good idea to tone your muscles, plus you get wonderful home baked bread. I remember another recipe of yours where you used cheese. Does it make the bread soft or what?

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    1. Balvinder , this time I get the right texture of the dough ! lol So the bread is really good and has a nice , soft texture :D Unlike before the dough was very wet and I can't shape it :P And not much holes in this one ....

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  11. Hi Anne, sorry I'm late in dropping by, guess your bread already finished? LOL

    Your bread look so good and nice plait,very neat and tidy. You will get firm arm muscle if you make bread more often. For me my time very limited, so I used bread machine to do the job. Another excuse of me lazy to use my hand to knead. LOL

    Have a nice week ahead, regards.

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  12. Talk about the perfect braided bread! Anne, well done!

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  13. Excellent job. It's 1:30am in London and I am doing an Onion, Cheese and Herb Loaf my own recipe. Lol will share pic later.

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