Mayday, Mayday, Mayday...

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday...

Nine Plait Loaf

It's May Day and, as we don't have to go into work today, we decided to do a celebratory bake. So, taking the traditional maypole celebrations as an inspiration, we choose to bake a plaited loaf, well a nine plait loaf to be exact. Trust us, it's not a daunting as it sounds...

Start by making up your favourite bread recipe. We have gone for our favourite, and much tried and tested, cob recipe from Bake With Jack. To make it more celebratory we have swapped out the water for beer and our beer of choice is Toast Pale Ale, which is brewed with surplus fresh bread that would otherwise be wasted. So it's unwanted bread, making tasty beer, making yummy bread for our dinner... there's something strangely satisfying about that.

After the first prove you knock back and divided the dough into nine equal pieces, which are rolled into long strands. Now for the plait. After a quick search we found The Bread Kitchen on YouTube where Titli Nihaan teaches you how to plait breads with three to nine strands. For nine it's two over and two under until the plait is complete.

Leave the loaf to prove for a second time before baking at 220°C (fan) for 15 minutes then turn it down to 200°C for a further 20 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown.

L2B Training - Walk 5

L2B Training - Walk 5

Champagne Or Tea?

Champagne Or Tea?