Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Very First 8 Strand Plaited Loaf

Super fun, and a bit of challenge.  The bread formula is mine but the technique is from Paul Hollywood's, How to Bake - which Tim ordered from the UK.  Best bake book, ever.

No more activating the yeast in warm water.  No more dumping all the water in at once.  No more too wet or too dry.  And instead of kneading with flour, I use oil.  Add to it, this book is written in metric (as all good bake books should be), and you have yourself one Happy Baker.

I LOVE THIS BOOK. 

To see a clip of THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF, during the plaited challenge, click video 1, and to see Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood judge the winners, click video 2.

Note: These are super short videos, but worth the watch.

Meanwhile, we're out of baked bread, which means I get to bake a whole honkin' new batch of something fun.

I'm seriously itching to get more plaited practice.

PS: All images expand when clicked.

48 comments:

  1. That's impressive. I couldn't even do a simple braid.

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    1. Thanks. Excited to get more practice.

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  2. It's delightful :) My mother used to make them whenever she cooked beans for lunch :)
    Is it sweet or salty?

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    1. Thanks, Dezzy. Loved your bake over at Mel's place this morning. Beautiful bake.

      This one was just a good crusty loaf, which we didn't get to break into until the next day. What I'm working on though, is a good cinnamon sugar plaited loaf. Each strand filled with warm sweet goodness. Just to see if it works.

      Thanks for asking.

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    2. PS: Did you see the videos? This is my MOST favorite baking show, ever. Just a great group and I learn a ton. They even toss in little bits of history about various bakes.

      Brilliant show.

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    3. Have you seen this way of braiding: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--DJewDW1eEo/UpKhYKWA_SI/AAAAAAAAAr4/qXYEzjL6IUE/s1600/braided-nutella-bread.jpg

      Glad you liked DEZZY'S CHRISTMAS CAKE MAGIC today :) looking forward to your cinnamon loaf

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    4. I have not seen that. But I'll be giving something similar ago, as I like that twist over thingy there. Very cool. Thanks.

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  3. Wow! That's looks AWESOME! Does it taste as good as it looks? I bet it smelled wonderful. I love the smell of freshly baked bread. I love the TASTE of freshly baked bread. Heck, I just love freshly baked bread!!! Now you've gotten me hungry.

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    1. We didn't get to crack him open until the next day, but when I did the crust had a nice crisp to it. I also made toast from it, and wow, that was good eats. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Wow that is awesome. I will have to watch these videos and give it a shot over the Christmas holiday when I have lots of time to bake. Yummy?

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    1. It's great fun. Paul Hollywood has his formula and numbered steps online. I will look it up and send it to your email later.

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  5. WOW! That looks absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks - I am excited to get more practice.

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  6. That has made me hungry and a super loaf, I have to admit I watched the whole bake off series loved it

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  7. Beautifully done! Does the plaited bread break off into little buns? Or do you cut it just like regular bread?

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    1. Because of all the bread I'd made over the weekend, this little guy didn't get opened the day he was baked. So I don't know how the break off would have been. He did however, make a very nice piece of Mamam toast. Which are slices toasted in a skillet with butter on both sides, then removed and topped with cream cheese and lekvar (jam).

      The crunch was soooo wonderful.

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    2. LOL my granpa used to call jam a 'lekvar' :) In my own language it's called 'pekmez' :)

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    3. Yes, lekvar in my house as well. Pekmez. I will put that in Google translate so I can hear how it sounds.

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  8. Wow - you did amazing on your first one. So happy for you! Those bakers in the video seemed to have a tough time getting it to look good and bake properly. I think you may have won this challenge!

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    1. Thanks. My ends are all weird though. Made another one tonight, managed to make the ends nice but somehow curved my inner braid.

      More plaiting practice for me - but that's the fun of it. Once I get these down, I'm going to fill the strands with butter, cinnamon and sugar. Just to see if it works.

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    2. I hope the butter, cinnamon, and sugar version works! I would want to eat that!!! :)

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    3. I made that yesterday, but couldn't fit it in my post. Then I ate more of it this morning. Now there's nothing left for the post.

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  9. That looks perfect. I bake simple bread, but I'd never attempt something that elaborate.

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    1. Oh but Anne - it is so fun and relaxing.

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  10. That is amazingly impressive! Great job, girl. Oh, how I wish I could reach through the screen and cut off a piece. It looks so delicious.

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    1. Reaching through the screen to try bakes would be SO MUCH FUN.

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  11. Ok this is the third time Ive tried to write this comment hehe...

    You're brilliant. But where is the photo of the bread ripped apart? I want to see inside him :D

    Yes summer here but oh gosh it feels like winter today. Pouring rain and freezing rain. Will light the fire soon brrrr xx

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    1. Oh my goodness, I didn't even think of that for this one. A week ago I did a swirly bread and took a picture of the instead, but never posted that either. Next time. Next time for sure.

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  12. this book is written in metric (as all good bake books should be)

    Gawd yes! As everything should be. Born in the U.S. and lived here all my life -- and I still don't have the English system down. Metric, on the other hand, has always made perfect sense to me.

    Sorry, off my soap box now.

    And your bread looks amazing. It's making me hungry. I'll be off to the kitchen now.

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    1. You get on that soap box anytime you want. It's stupid that we don't have metric. Just plain stupid. And, it's one of the reasons we have to order my books from the UK. Though I did manage to snag another Paul Hollywood book here at Barnes and it was METRIC. I was shocked. And thrilled. Plus I had a 30% coupon, 10% discount AND a gift card.

      I was good to go.

      PS: Thanks on the bread. I have much practice ahead of me, as those ends are a nightmare.

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  13. I love bread and fresh baked is the best but I've only tried simple loaves.

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    1. I encourage you to give this one a go, because it is so much fun. Really my new favorite.

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  14. Great looking bread Whisk!!! The programmes all the rage over hear at the moment, I'd rather pull my eyelashes out one by one than watch it, but hey that's me! :0)

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    1. Oh noooooo. Eyelashes instead of bakes? But the show is brilliant. The hosts are all amazing and it's an educational show, with the history and the bake tips. How can you not????

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  15. My mother made that kind of bread occasionally.

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  16. Beautiful! Now I wanna make one.

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    1. You would have fun with this. I betcha. And you know how you guys do your food challenges, you guys could so do this. Oh my gosh, how fun.

      I made a second one tonight and worked on my ends. Especially that one end that's all wonky.

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  17. almost like a baker's art

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    1. That's just what it is.

      And SOOO FUN.

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  18. Holy shite that looks fabulous! And Gorgeous!

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  19. Ermahgerd! I don't suppose you've finished that food teleporter yet, have you? I'll give you my coordinates if you have...

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    1. I wish it was fixed. I'd send you two.

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  20. I'm stalking your blog this morning lol...this is awesome! Great job...this is not easy to do and it looks like you totally rocked it! I might have to order this book. Did you use sourdough starter for this?

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    1. I just checked and yes, Hollywood has sourdough starter. This book has taught me a great deal. I hope you can find it in your area. He is also on a show The Great British Bake Off. Him and Mary Berry are amazing.

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