Braided Bread is one of those delicious breads which you can have any time! So pretty to look at and taste good with everything! A simple recipe to create magic in the kitchen!
This braided bread is my first edible bread 😀 After uncountable failure attempts, finally, yesterday with the first day of my baking course, I managed to create this braided bread 🙂 At this point of time, I am so happy that I can’t explain!
There are a few wrinkles on one but that can be improved. In fact, the other two are more or less wrinkle free.
And here is the crumb shot below. If I look back on what I was doing before and what I did yesterday in the class, I think I have some major learning which I did yesterday, which helped me create this absolutely delicious looking and amazing smell bread! If there is anything I really love baking, it is breads. Because the kneading process is my favorite. I feel as if the whole world is a better place, after a good knead 🙂 And we all know good breads need a good knead 🙂
To be honest, I really can’t believe myself that I am writing this post out. There are so many number of times I have screwed up the bread and Mandy had to do a step by step post for me, but I still could not get it right!
And now finally I have done and it and posting it 🙂 And I feel I have conquered the bread world! If you are looking for a post which will give you confidence to conquer it too, here is one on yeasty troubles and how you can avoid them 🙂
Note: In the recipe, for the fat component, use ghee, olive oil or any other oil. Avoid using butter as it has too much moisture.
PS: I have not been able to reply to any of your comments in the past post, life feels like running on a fast track right now, will do it ASAP.
I did it !!!
- 500 gms maida
- 10 gms salt You can go easy here and add a little less too
- 20 gms sugar
- 15 gms yeast (we used fresh yeast, bread has never worked for me with dry yeast)
- 300 gms water
- Mix yeast and sugar in 100 ml of water and keep seperately for about 10 mins.
- Mix salt and flour together and then make a well in the centre.
- Pour the yeast solution and water in the centre of the well and make a dough out of it.
- Knead, knead and knead some more. The dough is ready when it passes the "Window Pane test" aka gluten test or membrane test. Basically when you take a piece in your hand and stretch it should not break!I had to knead the dough for about 30 minutes at least, though there are videos that say that knead for about 10 minutes.
- Add the oil and knead a little more.
- Cover the dough and keep aside for about 45 mins - 1 hour, a good test on when the fermentation is done is that when you slightly depress the dough it should NOT spring back.
- After the dough is done with raising and fermentation, do a knockback on the dough i.e. remove all the air from the fermented dough. Basically tap the dough with your hand a couple of times.
- Divide the dough into equal parts and roll the dough inwards keeping it smooth and wrinkle free (this will come only with practice). you can roll it in any shapes. Youtube is full of lovely videos of how to shape the bread.
- Keep it for proving for about 30 minutes in a closed place, a kitchen drawer works perfect.
- Brush with milk/egg and bake at 200 C for about 15 mins or till done.
wow…. tats super cool….. 🙂
Simply Wow Monika..I have ried many times,but never got a good result..You have prompted me to try again..The texture is too good ,i can see it from the sliced bread..And yes,the baking seems perfect,the colour is just perfect…
I have read on fresh yeast,but never saw in grocery..
Again,congrats..I too feel happy because I love to bake bread…
I don’t feel like going from here..Your bread is really amazing..
Can you sent me the recipe..please…..
Wow Mon the breads look so yumm…I need to get started on this as my next project now 🙂
very nice..:))..its come out awsum..:)…1 dum bakery ke jaise..:)
Does look very inviting, especially in the morning 🙂
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Looks yummy! There is nothing like a fresh baked roll. Recipe please
Mubarakan!! Badhai ho ji….The bread looks yummy
wow..looks yumm and beautiful as well 🙂 Where do you get fresh yeast ?
Wowww! I really really want to join this course 😛
Congrats Monika .. I ws waiting for ur updates since sday 🙂
yummm. looks good 🙂
Surely you just walked into a good bakery and took snaps! 😉
Awesome! Can almost smell that freshly baked aroma!
Thats so awesome. Recipe please…Me to want to do it. 🙂
The next thing I am planning on getting myself is a oven.. I love baking and I am unable to do anything in the present microwave that I have, which I use for reheating and cooking pasta 🙁
OMG! That looks SOOOO GOOOD!!!! Absolutely delicious Mon. Oooh, I wanna bite :-(((((
good job girl.. this looks yum and i am sure it tasted yum too
Mamma Mia! Me a Mamma?!? says
Wow oh wow, Mon! They look perfect! Congrats and yaay!
I’ve always, ALWAYS loved the smell of bread baking in an oven 🙂
Wow! Amazing, Monika!
Wow! Bread looks amazing! It is so gratifying if the end result looks so good 🙂 Happy eating!
Wow, Monika! It has come out so well! Absolutely perfect! I feel like eating it right now! and I feel like baking right now! It
wowww woww Mons!Its amazing!Looks perfect and I love the crumb shot!
BTW,how is fresh yeast different from dried yeast mixture?
Looks perrfect 🙂 Well done girl!
thank u shilpa
hey thanks i know what u mean because I have suffered the same fate so many times
awwww that is so sweet nimmy thanks
yeah will type it out in the weekend and send it to u
he he all the best dear
thank u deepti so pahla test pass?
absolutely… will send u the recipe
thank u ji thank u
yeah thats a big problem I searched like mad before but didnt find it but now icblr sells it
come swaram it will be so much fun together
ha ha ha
oh yes baking aroma wow
yeah will post it
yeah the oven is the best… go invest in it
its an excellent invenstement
come over pal we will have it together
yeah it did
yeah its just heavenly
see this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker%27s_yeast
there are pics of fresh yeast and dried yeast and explains the diff also
thank u namesake
go ahead and bake one smitha
oh yes it certainly does
mystic margarita says
Wow! And double wow!
I hereby declare you the desi Martha Stewart! Amazing!
So proud of you, girl! when you told me that you are starting baking classes, I knew that you would excel in it.
It’s time to start a new blog dedicated to baking goodies. Lesser mortals like moi can drool and get tips.
Goofy Mumma says
Wow Monu! Superb. Well done girl. I am surely taking lessons from you, when I come…… The bread looks superb, and PROFESSIONAL. I mean it. Well done. You go girl, go!
Gosh! This is homemade??? Doesn’t look like!! It has such a professional look to it!!
Pat ur back dear 🙂 of course from my side 😉
Shruti Artsycraftsymom says
looks totally yummm… when r u calling us over??? 🙂
Where did my previous comment go?
Anyways, will say it again – the bread looks delicious… 🙂
any day sweety
Munchkin's Mom says
awe-frikkin-some! that looks so good…i want to reach out and take a bite…great going Mom….cant wait to see all the other goodies you’ll be making 🙂
Homemade bread? sniff…sniff… I want my mommy 😥 she used to bake such awesome ones.
This is your first time 😯 and it came out so gorgeous? Taaliyaan
thanks for the info will send u a mail
thank u dear
LOL I like that
na sols no additional blog I already have way more than I can handle on my plate
thank u so much GM
he he done dear
which comment never got any even checked spam
coming up soon 🙂
lets correct that sakshi this is my first edible one 😉
You baked that bread??? OMG! Did you learn it on tv from Rachel Allen’s bake?!
And wow! you really have some talent! Adopt me as your little big child and feed me to no end! 😛
Good show!!! In these early dayz of matrimony, with the ever increasing desire to do newer cokking for hubby dear… The thot of making bread at home had crossed my mind just yesterday… guess i know to seek help from now :)…
Lovely it looks…way to go… absolutely tempting… and ya… hope they’ll b all wrinkle free in future… cheers!
Super cool 🙂
how do we know says
Hey Congratulations! This is AWESOME
u have joined a baking course!! wow!
Yummy Bread. Can you suggest the right kind oven to buy and where to buy it in Bangalore?
good job,Mon!! i told you you cud do it.. it just take a couple of tries.. and lots of wasted maida before u can get it right!:)
Good work. I tried baking bread, but before the upper part becomes brown color, the lower bread burns. Is there any specific baking utensil we must use for baking the