How to make it

  • Place 170 grams of bread flour in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  • Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk. Pour in into flour and mix well. Cover and Leave to rise for half an hour.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the remaining flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the beaten egg to the yeast mixture and immediately add this to the butter mixture mix until the dough becomes sticky.
  • Transfer to a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until silky smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl and brush evenly with corn oil. Cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise for 1 to 1 ½ hours until double in bulk.
  • Punch down the dough, knead for a while and divide into 8 equal parts. Roll two of them into 30 cm strand. Place the strands side by side on a greased baking tray and plait them together. Neaten the edges. Do not plait the strands too tightly.
  • Feel free to make the shape that you like as seen in the picture.
  • Cover with a damp towel and leave to rise for an hour until double in bulk. Glaze with egg, sprinkle with almonds and bake for 10 minutes at 450 F. until golden brown. Lower the temperature to 390F and bake for another 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
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  • pointsevenout 8 years ago
    Had a problem with the flour conversion. Posted pic. Ready to try again.
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  • r8chreid 9 years ago
    I must try this, I deliver homemade bread (no bread machine used) most Fridays. I think that I may have to add this one to the list for everyone to try!
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  • boonedocks 9 years ago
    I have always been a homemade bread lover/maker. 10 years ago I met an extraordinary man from Switzerland at an annual friend/family get together who as a chef and a baker... He made the most wonderful braided Swiss bread and many other yummy European dishes we gushed over for a few years till one year he had a workshop in the host’s kitchen…making the braided bread. I never got the recipe. I have been looking for the recipe (when I crave it) for the last couple of years. It's very close, if not dead on to his recipe. Merci beaucoup for the pictorial steps. Can't wait to try it:)
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    " It was excellent "
    vivian ate it and said...

    I love making my own bread, I will try yours now Ahmed!

    First the cookery book !
    What next! opening your own restaurant?

    You could certainly have all the correct ingredients to open one, I would be your first customer. :-)
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Outstanding! Thanks so much my friend...
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  • michellem 10 years ago
    Love the pictures and this bread looks fantastic!
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  • starnina 10 years ago
    Thank you for going into such detail...all the pics! You are a SERIOUS cook! Bravo!
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    " It was excellent "
    mumtazcatering ate it and said...
    Thanks Ahmed for sharing.........i am going to make them NOW ...........serving them with creamed chicken and mushroom soup for supper i will however omit the almonds and coat them with sesame seeds instead ................:}
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    " It was excellent "
    iffyo ate it and said...
    The way it is done is so interesting,and beautiful!
    And now,you wish to rule the bread world too!:)
    wish you success!
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    " It was excellent "
    chriesi ate it and said...
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    " It was excellent "
    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    I think you did a fantastic job! Your bread looks beautiful and puts mine to shame, big time! I just can't seem to do it right but I am trying your recipe.
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  • krumkake 10 years ago
    There's nothing that compliments a meal better than a piece of homemade bread - your loaves are beautiful, and surely as delicious as they look. So now you are into bread?!? You always amaze!!
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    " It was excellent "
    magali777 ate it and said...
    du pain aussi?
    Ahmed I didn´t know you liked baking bread too!
    sounds delicious, thanks.
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