Plaited cheese and herb bread - recipe

Plaited cheese and herb bread

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  1. 1

    Gently combine all of the bread ingredients together to form a dough, gradually add the water until you reach the desired consistency (you may not require the full amount).

    For this step you'll need:

    • 500g Strong white bread flour
    • 1tsp Salt
    • 1tsp Unrefined golden granulated sugar
    • 15g Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 7g Easy bake yeast
    • 325ml Warm water
    • 10g Dried mixed herbs Basil, parsley, oregano, chopped finely
    • 25g Parmesan
  2. 2

    Knead the dough in a mixer with a dough hook attachment for 5 minutes or by hand for 10 minutes. If mixing by hand knead for a further 5 minutes.

  3. 3

    Split the dough into 3 equal pieces and roll into long sausage shapes, equal in length.

  4. 4

    Plait the strands of dough together and tuck the ends underneath the dough to hold in place.

  5. 5

    Place the dough on an oiled baking tray and glaze with the egg. Cover the dough with a lightly oiled cling film then prove until double in size.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 1 Egg(s) (free range) for the glaze
  6. 6

    Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan, gas mark 5).

  7. 7

    Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese over the top of the loaf. Bake for 35 minutes until golden.

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