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Procrastination baking

Last weekend when I was supposed to be researching theories on Functional Socialism, I ended up becoming so absorbed in researching alternative plaiting techniques for bread, (which, in case Daddy Bear is reading, is not too dissimilar from Functional Socialism) I realised I had even missed X Factor. This says a LOT about my current obsession for bread braiding!

The technique I was most taken by was the 4 strand plaited round, which I have seen referred to as a ‘challah’ style. I was desperate to try it out, and had a pack of Parmesan and sundried tomato bread mix in my cupboard. It was fate. And this was the result:

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Compared to the 8 strand plaited loaf, I found this quite a simple, logical braid to do, and I love the fact that it is round. However I’m not entirely sure it was suited to the bread mix I used, and it might be worth exploring how it would turn out with a lighter sweeter more traditional Challah loaf. I was going to photograph each stage of the braid, but was so consumed by plaiting that I totally forgot. It’s a good job Baby Bear has a well stocked playdough drawer, because an hour or so later a friend asked how to do it, and I was able to show it step by step in dough. Told you playdough plaiting was the way to go!

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If there are any other bread braiding obsessives out there, please, come forward and let me know I’m not on my own! Meanwhile, I really need to get back to that Functional Socialism…..

Mummy Bear x

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  1. I love the 4 strand braid! Bread making is so satisfying. I am making a seed loaf right now…

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