Plaited Raisin Bread

Ingredients

  • 10g active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup golden sultanas
  • ¼ cup soft butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ¾ cups bread flour
  • 1 extra egg for egg wash

Preparation

Dissolve yeast in warm water.

In a large bowl, combine raisins, sultanas, butter, sugar, salt, spices and warm milk; stir to dissolve the sugar.

Add yeast mixture and the beaten eggs; mix to blend well. Add enough flour to make a soft but stiff dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic.

Place dough in a lightly buttered bowl, turning once to grease the surface. Cover with a clean dish cloth; let stand in a warm place until doubled in in size.

Punch dough down and divide into 8 equal portions.

Shape each portion of dough into 8 long lengths.

Attach the strands together at the top then fold in the following sequence…

1. 8 under 7 over 5

2. 2 under 3 over 8

3. 1 over 4

4. 7 under 6 over 1

5. 8 over 5

Repeat sequence from step 2 until the end (step 1 is never repeated)

Place onto a greased baking tray then Cover with a cloth and leave to rise again until double.

Brush with egg wash then bake at 180° for about minutes, placing foil over loaf if it gets too brown.

Remove loaf from tray and let cool on racks.

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