This is the first bread I learnt to bake. I love  it, it is so simple and easy and the smell that fills the house while you are baking it, is just so delicious.



500  g  Cake flour (4 x 250 ml / 4 cups)

5  ml  Salt (1 tsp)

60  ml  Sugar (4 tbsp)

60  g  Margarine (4 tbsp)

10  g   Anchor Instant Yeast (1 packet)

250  ml  Lukewarm water (1 cup)

1     Large egg, beaten

Beaten egg, to brush

Sesame or Poppy seeds, to sprinkle


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together, then rub the margarine into the flour with the fingertips. Add the Anchor Instant Yeast and mix.
  2. Mix the lukewarm water and egg together and add to the dry ingredients to form a soft dough.
  3. Knead the dough well until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  4. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, cover with greased plastic and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Knock the dough down, divide in half and roll each piece into a long strand. Place the strands in the form of an “X” onto the work surface.
  6. Knit the strands together
  7. Place the plait onto a greased baking tray, cover with greased plastic and allow to rise in a warm place until double in volume, about 20 – 30 minutes.
  8. Brush with egg, sprinkle with seeds and bake in a preheated oven at 180 °C  for 30 – 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

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