So last week on the Bake Off was Advanced Dough! I thought all the bakers did well, I especially liked the look of Richard’s doughnuts, and I can’t believe he was star baker for the 4th time! I was sad to see Martha go, but she did amazingly well, and I’m sure we will see more of her in the future!
I decided to make a fruity enriched plait, with orange zest in the dough and dried berries and cherries kneaded in. These pictures are from the second time I tried it, the first time I made it I think I put too much orange zest in, and it retarded the yeast, because it didn’t rise properly, and came out really flat and odd! But the second time I made it it turned out well!
Orange and berry plait
For the enriched dough:
- 350g strong white bread flour
- 40g softened butter
- 30g caster sugar
- 7g instant yeast
- 6g salt
- 1/2 a beaten egg
- zest of 1 orange
- 150ml warm milk
- 50ml water
For the filling:
- 70g mixture of dried berries (I used dried cranberries and cherries)
- beaten egg to glaze
1 greased and floured baking sheet
- Bring the milk and water to the boil in a saucepan and then remove from the heat and leave to cool.
- Add the sugar, yeast, salt and flour to a large bowl and mix. Stir in three-quarters of the lukewarm milk and water mixture, then mix in the egg, softened butter and orange zest.
- Combine, using your hands, and then add as much of the remaining milk and water as you need to get a soft, sticky dough.
- Knead on a lightly floured clean work surface until smooth, elastic and no longer sticky. Knead in the berries, shape into a ball, place in a large oiled bowl, cover and leave for 1-1½ hours, or until doubled in size.
- When it has risen, knock back to push some of the air out, then divide into three and roll each ball out into a sausage about 40cm long.
- Place all three lengths onto your baking tray and secure them together at one end. Plait the dough together, and then secure the other ends together so you have a nice plait shape.
- Prove the plait for 45 minutes until doubled in size, then brush with egg and bake for 35- 40 minutes until golden brown and cooked.
This post is entered in week 7 of the Great Bloggers Bake Off, run by the lovely Jenny Paulin over at http://www.mummymishaps.co.uk/.