Braided Easter Bread

“I don’t see much sense in that,” said Rabbit.
“No,” said Pooh humbly, “there isn’t. But there was going to be when I began it. It’s just that something happened to it along the way.” 

A.A. Milne
Braided Easter Bread

Dough ingredients:
– 450g all purpose flour
– 200ml 33% cream
– 20g fresh yeast
– 2 eggs and 1 egg white
– 60g sugar
– 8g Vanilla sugar
– 1 dash of salt
– 4g lemon zest
– 250g raisins

Beautifying ingredients:
– 1 egg yolk
– 1 tbsp milk
– 20g almond petals


1 Dough
1.1 Pre-heat the 33% cream to 30-34C in a saucepan
1.2 Add to warm 33% cream: crushed fresh yeast and 2 tbsp sugar. Whisk until smooth and let it stay for 15 minutes covered with the cloth
1.3 Add to cream & yeast: 2 eggs and 1 egg white, sugar and Vanilla sugar, salt, lemon zest: whisk until smooth
1.4 Gradually add flour and raisins: knead a dough. Let dough stay in a warm place covered with a cloth for 30 minutes to let it raise 🙂
2 Braided bread
2.1 Separate raised dough into 5 equal parts, then form a 40cm long sausages out of each piece
2.2 Join all the sausages at top firmly with fingers, then braid them taking the left most and putting in the middle, then right most and putting it in the middle: repeat until you braid all the length through 🙂

2.3 Join the sausages in the end firmly.
2.4 Whisk an egg yolk with 1 tbsp milk and brush well the bread-to-be
2.5 Sprinkle the bread-to-be with almond petals
2.6 Let the bread raise for another 15 minutes (no cover now) and meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 180C
2.7 Bake the bread for 25 minutes on the baking paper at 180C
3 Let the bread cool down and serve with butter. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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