Rapunzel Plait Bread Recipe

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My bread making efforts in the past have been pretty disastrous, hence why a friend of mine kindly gave me her bread maker! But I've managed to surprise myself and bake some tasty bread!

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My bread recipe is called Rapunzel Plait Bread because its inspired by Disney's Tangled and Rapunzel's beautiful flowery braid plus, as my partner puts it, its a all in one bread that you can munch on while sitting in a tower! I slightly over baked mine (due to putting it in the oven and forgetting to put my timer on) but I'm really happy with the "plait" effect which was pretty easy to do.

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This is like a "sandwich" bread so you could just butter it and theres no need to fill it as it already contains kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and German smoked cheese! I'm a veggie hence no meat but you could add some pancetta or chorizo for the carnivores in your life. I'm thinking about baking a sweet version with cinnamon and chocolate! Just need a good excuse.

To make my Rapunzel Plait Bread with kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and German smoked cheese you'll need:

  • 6 1/2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tbs yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 3/4 cup luke warm water (just warm to the touch)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup of smoked cheese but you could try cheddar
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Combine the flour, salt, yeast, sugar and mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Add water and olive oil and begin to mix with a wooden spoon and if you have a mixer, lucky you!. Half way until a wet dough is formed, add the olives, sun dried tomatoes and smoked cheese. 

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Cover loosely with plastic wrap, leaving a small opening and allow it to rise at room temperature, about 2-4 hours.

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When ready to bake sprinkle a small amount of flour on the dough mixture and cut the dough into 3 equal pieces using a knife. Roll each section into long baguette shapes and pinch at the top before we start plaiting. 

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Remember plaiting your friends hair at school? Well we're gonna do the exact same thing with our bread so it ends up looking like above and for a clean finish pinch the dough together at the end.

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Allow to rest about 40 minutes. 20 minutes before baking, pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Once rested you can give your bread an egg wash, just mix an egg with a splash of milk. This will help your bread have a golden crust, but not as golden as mine!

Pop a bowl of water in the oven on the tray under where you'll place your bread. This will create steam and give your bread a crunchy crust. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is browned and firm to the touch.

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To decorate I used a few Busy Lizzies from my garden and yes you can eat them! This bread is pretty simple for a bread recipe hence why I can make it! I hope you give it a try and make your own Rapunzel Plait Bread flavour combinations!

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