Thursday, May 7, 2009

Milk & Cheese Plait

Another of my daughter's favourite. Instead going to bakery to purchase, i decided to bake for her. Well, it turned out not very nice though, but at least she likes it:) She loves the topping actually....crispy she'll say! Got this from the book, bake with yen, but i added more cheese on top...(too much actually, until can't see the plaits after baked) haha!

500g Strong White Flour (Bread Flour)
75g Milk Powder
8g Bread Improver
4g Instant Dry Yeast
70g Sugar
9g Salt
300g Water
40g Butter (Softened)

Grated Cheddar Cheese

~ With electric mixer and dough hook, mix all dry ingredients for 1 minute on low speed.
~ Add water and mix for another minute, then increase to medium speed to develop the dough for 3 minutes.
~ Add butter, and continue mixing for 10 minutes until dough is fully developed.
~ Round up dough and place into an airtight container to rise in a warm place for 1 hour until dough is double in bulk.
~ Divide dough into 50g pieces (or less if making mini ones), round up again and leave for 10 minutes.
~ To braid a loaf, roll out 4 pieces of dough into long strips. (Strips should be thinner on the ends and thicker in the middle)
~ Place the strips with the tips at one end touching.
~ Weave the strips together to form a braid, by weaving strip 2 over 3, strip 4 over strip 2 and strip 1 over strip 3. (Repeat until completed)
~ Prove the braid in a warm place for 1 hour. Brush beaten egg over the surface, sprinkle cheddar cheese over it.
~ Bake in a preheated oven at 190'C for 20-25 minutes.

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