I love homemade fresh bread and I LOVE it straight out of the oven smothered with margarine.
I find that Anna Oslon makes making bread seem like a walk in the park.
I had a bit of difficulty with the braiding, but nothing a couple of you tube videos couldn’t fix.
¾ x cup milk, heated to 104 degree Celsius.
2 ¼ x tsp anchor yeast.
¼ x cup castor sugar.
2 x eggs + 1 egg yolk.
¼ x cup cooking oil.
3 ¼ x cups cake flour.
½ x tsp salt.
1 x egg yolk whisked together with 2 x tbsp. milk from brushing before baking.
Sesame seeds and poppy seeds to sprinkle over the top.
Add all the ingredients in the stand mixing bowl, fitted with the hook attachment.
Combine the ingredients until it comes together, let the mixer mix for about another 5 minutes.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and using your hands shape into a round shape.
Place the dough in a bowl that has been sprayed with spray and cook.
Cover with cling wrap and let rise for about 90 minutes or until doubled in sized.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
Weigh the dough and divide by 12.
Cut the dough into equal weigh 12 pieces of dough.
Take each piece and divide into 2 equal parts.
Roll out each half into a long rope.
Place each rope over each other, so that it resembles an X.
Braid the ropes together and tuck the ends together.
Continue until all 12 loaves have been braided.
Pace each mini loaf on a greased baking tray.
Cover the tray with cling wrap and let the buns rise for another 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
Using the egg brushing mixture, generously brush each loaf and sprinkle with either sesame or poppy seeds or a combination or both.
Pop into a preheated oven at bake at 180 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes or until the tops are nice and golden brown.