Wednesday, April 4, 2012

braided raisins and Almond bread

braided raisins and Almond  bread
bread  make is my all time favorite hobby I love making bread and usually I dont follow recipe its all depend on what ingredients I have on hand and what I want. in my home I make bread every other day .I always love breads and making them by your own is hand is a simple pleasure .the aroma and flavor is out of the world. This bread not only look great but also taste wonderful. and if you serve it  for you breakfast or brunch I am sure people will ask for recipe its that good.


2 cups bread flour
1-cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp active dry yeast
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
4 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp honey
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup chopped almonds 
1 tbsp yogurt
sesame seeds  for sprinkling on the top
make 2 medium size breads


In warm milk mix yeast, sugar and honey and keep aside for 15 minutes.
Strain the flour into large bowl then add butter and oil, rub it with your fingers and then add milk mixture, mix it to form a dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes or until becomes smooth.
Cover the dough for 3 hours or until it doubles in size. 

Add raisins, nuts and knead the dough for 2 minutes. Now divide the dough in to 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece between your palms into a 15 inch rope. Pinch the ropes together at the end and braid loosely.  Brush the loaf pan with little oil and place the dough in loaf pan and cover with wet towel for 45 minutes then  brush with egg white and sprinkle almonds or sesame seeds  and  bake it in preheated oven at 425°F for 30 minutes or until the bottom of bread sounds hollow when taped. Remove it from pan and let it cool off on wire rack.

Note .you can made small bread rolls if you like.

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