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Impressive Oval Plaited Loaf (4 Strands)

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If you bake fresh bread…you will impress. If you bake fresh bread and plait it, you will be legendary!

4 Strand Bread

Following the same recipe and quantity in our earlier post:  We also added some sunflower seeds to this recipe – a good handful is all you need. Fold it into the dough when you knock it back.

  1. Split the dough into four balls and roll out into long strands.
  2. Create a two strand cross, crossing the strands one over the other so each strand is over and under the strand in the cross
  3. Take the bottom left hand strand and cross it across the bottom right hand strand
  4. Repeat four times in an anti-clockwise fashion i.e. right bottom over right top etc (the diagrams below help!)
  5. Once each strand has been crossed, repeat in a clockwise fashion
  6. Continue the instructions above until you reach the end of the bread and tuck under neatly
  7. Preheat the oven to 220C
  8. Cover the loaf and return to a warm place for 30 minutes until it has risen to about one-and-a-half times its size.
  9. Bake the loaf in the oven for 10 minutes at 220C
  10. Reduce the heat to 190C and bake for a further 30 minutes
  11. The loaf is cooked when it is risen and golden and sounds hollow when tapped underneath

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we love wine, we love food and we love sharing

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