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Cute Braided Bread

Cute Braided Bread

Add some variation to ordinary bread. These can be a great gift as they are so cute. This is fluffy a bread made with butter roll dough.

Ingredients: Makes 2 large braids

☆Bread (strong) flour
200 g
☆Unsalted butter
25 g
☆Sugar
20 g
☆Salt
4 g
Dry yeast
3 g
☆Milk
115 ml
☆Egg
20 g
Dried cranberries (or raisins)
10 pieces.
Sliced almond
as needed
Granulated sugar
as needed
Egg (for glazing)
unused egg from the dough

Steps

1. Place all the ingredients marked ☆ into your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Set on dough cycle and let it do its job until the first rising.
2. When step 1 is done, divide the dough into 6, roll them into balls, cover them with damp cloth and let them rest for 10 minutes.
3. Roll out the step 2 into 20 cm long oval shapes, and fold both ends in.
4. Fold it one more time lengthwise and tightly close the seam.
5. Roll the dough in one direction, creating 30 cm long rope shapes. Make the middle part fatter and the end parts skinnier.
6. Start braiding from the center of the dough.
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10. Once half of the dough is braided, pinch the end closed.
11. Flip the dough and restart braiding the same way. Close the end the same way as well.
12. It will look something like this. Make two braids.
13. I shaped one of the braids into a crescent. Spray a small amount of water onto the dough and inside the oven, and allow the dough to rise again in a 40℃ oven for about 30 minutes.
14. When the dough size has risen about 1.5-2 times its original size, glaze the dough with the remaining egg, sprinkle granulated sugar and press cranberries and almond slices lightly onto the top.
15. Bake 15-17 minutes in a 180℃ oven. Let them cool on a wire rack.
16. They're so cute and make a great gift. They're so fluffy, chewy and delicious.

Story Behind this Recipe

I saw this cute bread at a bakery, and I wanted to make one myself. After trial and error, I came up with this recipe.