Plaited Herb Bread
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 .
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 .