White bread plait

White bread plait

In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Sprinkle over the sugar and the easy-blend yeast.Add the olive oil to the water. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in most of the water and olive oil mixture. Retain a bit of the liquid; you may need to add…

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Sprinkle over the sugar and the easy-blend yeast.

  • Add the olive oil to the water. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in most of the water and olive oil mixture. Retain a bit of the liquid; you may need to add more later to get the right consistency.

  • Stir with a wooden spoon and bring together to form a soft dough.

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for ten minutes until smooth and elastic.

  • Place the dough into a large, lightly oiled bowl. Cover and leave in a warm place for approximately one hour to rise, until doubled in size.

  • When the dough has risen, place it on a clean work surface and, with floured hands, knead it again to ‘knock it back’. Knead for about five minutes until smooth and elastic.

  • Divide the dough into three equal pieces and roll to form three even ‘sausage’ shapes.

  • Plait the three dough ‘sausages’ together to form a large loaf and place onto a lightly floured baking tray.

  • Preheat the oven to 220C/400F/Gas 7.

  • Cover the loaf and return to a warm place until it has risen to about one-and-a-half times its size. This will take between ten and 30 minutes.

  • Glaze the loaf with the beaten egg and sprinkle the poppy seeds on top.

  • Bake the loaf in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

  • Reduce the heat to 190C/375F/Gas 5 and bake for a further 30 minutes.

  • The loaf is cooked when it is risen and golden and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.

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