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!





INGREDIENTS:
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)


TOPPING:
Grated Cheddar Cheese


METHOD:
~ 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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