Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread

If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you will know how much I enjoy making bread. While I am very happy to let kitchen appliances carry out the hard work, indeed for this loaf they are necessary, shaping the dough is always fun to do by hand. Since I first tried an eight strand plaited loaf last year, I have become hooked on intertwining lengths of dough and observing the final, baked result. This Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread is delicious and easy to make.

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Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread a delicious breakfast.

Having re-tested the recipe and technique I have full confidence that you too can make this delicious bread. Even if you have never plaited before, the step by step photographs will show you how. Such a small amount of extra effort and you will be rewarded with a stunning loaf. While the smell of cinnamon dough, baking, will have you counting the minutes until your first slice!

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Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread golden and bronzed with a hidden inner.

When baking, it always pays to use the very best ingredients available. However, not everyone’s budget can stretch to premium ingredients. If you can make one change here, I strongly recommend using free range, or organic eggs. Their golden yolks are what help give this loaf its amazing colour. Both in the bread itself and the egg wash, brushed on before baking. Resulting in both the golden and bronzed baked crust.

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Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread beautiful inside and out.

Serving this bread, sliced for breakfast or as an afternoon treat with a hot drink, is sure to brighten anyone’s day. Since it is a large loaf, why not take it to work, pre-sliced and share with your colleagues? Since all food tastes better when it is shared, that is the only way to improve this bread. Simply by sharing it.

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Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread simply delicious.

Recipe: Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread 

300mls Whole Milk

2 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Caster Sugar

10g Dried Yeast – I use Allinson in the green tub or sachets

600g/1lb 5oz Strong White Bread Flour – I use Shipton Mill

50g/2oz Unsalted Butter

10g Salt – I use Maldon

For the cinnamon filling:

75g/3oz Light Muscavado Sugar – I use Billington’s

4tsp Cinnamon

1 free range egg plus 1tbsp milk to brush over the loaf.

Method:

The method given for making this Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread uses a dough hook fitted to a stand mixer. The enriched dough is very, very sticky, prior to its first prove. Using a stand mixer ensures that the dough is kneaded properly. Resulting in a light textured crumb once baked.

  • First of all ensure that your kitchen is warm. It will really benefit the yeast, during the dough making process.
  • Measure the milk into a jug and warm in a microwave for 20 seconds. Ideally the milk should be body temperature 37C. However, do not overheat as it may kill the yeast.
  • Pour the milk into the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Crack 2 eggs into the jug and add these to the milk in the bowl. I always break eggs into a separate container first. If any shell escapes it can then be removed and also, extremely occasionally, should an egg be bad, it will not spoil the whole recipe.
  • Next add the sugar and yeast. Swish the liquid about with clean fingers to break up the eggs and mix lightly.
  • On top of the liquid mix add the flour.
  • Now add the butter and salt.
  • Lower the dough hook into the bowl and mix on the slowest speed for 5 minutes. Then, gradually increase the speed to medium and mix for a further 5 minutes.
  • After the mixing time has elapsed stop the mixer.
  • Remove a small piece of dough and stretch it between your fingers. The dough is kneaded when it can be stretched so thinly that light can be seen through it. This is called the windowpane test.
  • If the dough tears before it can be fully stretched, lower the dough hook and continue mixing, checking every 3 minutes, until it passes the windowpane test.
  • Once the dough passes the windowpane test it is ready to prove. Scrape the dough from the dough hook and allow to drop into the bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and place somewhere warm and drought free.
  • Allow the dough to prove until doubled in size – approximately 1 hour.
  • While the dough is proving grease a large baking tray with butter. Also, into a small bowl, weigh out the sugar and add the cinnamon. Stir to mix and break up any large sugar lumps using your fingers. Set to one side.
  • Once doubled in size turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Use your hand, or a dough scraper to remove all of the dough.
  • Shape the dough into a round and then weigh it. I use digital scales, placing the dough on to a piece of baking parchment. Make a note of the weight of the dough. Now divide that figure in 3.
  • Cut the dough into 3 pieces that are equal in weight.
  • Roll each piece of dough into a length and then flatten, using your hands or a rolling pin. Each flattened length of dough should measure 50cm/20″.
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Preparing three dough strands for the cinnamon/sugar filling.
  • Sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture down the middle of each piece of dough. Dividing it equally between three strands.
  • Dab a little tap water down the right side of the first strip of dough. Now bring the left side over and pinch to secure the sides together. Similar to making a sausage roll.
  • Continue until all three lengths of dough have their filling securely encased.
  • Roll each length of dough so that the join is underneath and not visible.
  • Join all three lengths of dough at the top. Place on top of each other and pinch together to secure.
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Filling, securing and attaching the top of the plait.
  • Plaiting the dough:
  • Starting from left to right, number the strands 1, 2 and 3. Number 1 strand will always be to the left, 2 in the middle and 3 on the right.
  • Pass strand 1 over strand 2.
  • Now pass strand 3 over strand 2. Ensure the strands are not pulled tight and likewise there should be no gaps.
  • Repeat the past two steps until the plait is finished. (Strand 1 over 2, then strand 3 over strand 2 and repeat.)
  • Pinch the bottom 3 strands together so that they are secure and look tidy.
  • Lift the plait using both hands at either end and place diagonally on to the greased baking tray.
  • Cover with a clean tea towel and leave, as before, in a draught free place.
  • While the plaited dough is proving preheat the oven to 240C/220C gas mark 9. Break an egg into a bowl, add the tablespoon of milk and whisk with a fork to mix. This is the eggwash.
  • Once the plaited dough has doubled in size use a soft pastry brush and carefully brush the egg wash over.
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Plaiting the dough strands, proving and egg washing before baking.
  • Place the egg washed Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Then reduce the oven temperature to 220C/200C fan, gas mark 7. Continue to bake for a further 15-20 minutes.
  • The bread is baked when a deep, golden crust has formed and the base sounds hollow, when rapped with a knuckle.
  • Once baked remove the bread from the oven.
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Beautifully baked Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread.
  • Slide a pallet knife under the baked bread, then carefully transfer to a cooling rack.
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Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread cooled and sliced, revealing the hidden centre of each strand.

Allow the loaf to cool to body temperature before slicing. Attempting to slice while the bread is still hot will compact the bread. Also eating freshly baked, hot bread, is not good for our digestion!

Serve sliced with a smile and a complimenting drink.

Placed in a bread bin, or wrapped loosely in foil, once fully cooled, this loaf will last up to three days. It can be toasted, although I’d advise not to use a toaster due to the sugar present. Under a grill, or even better, in front of a log fire, this bread makes excellent toast!

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Cinnamon Plaited Brioche Bread you may also like these:

Large White Bloomer

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Large White Bloomer

Knotted Poppyseed Rolls

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Knotted Poppyseed Rolls

Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns

Homemade bread is the most luxurious food, for me, to bake. Enticing smells as it is baking, make our house feel like a home. Appreciative comments when a fresh loaf is on the table, to be served with dinner, or for breakfast, make me smile. Not for the accolade, or indeed achievement, from others, of having made my own loaf. Simply the fact that I am giving my family, delicious, additive free, tasty bread, is enough to keep me baking.

What do you really enjoy cooking and baking? Who do you like to share it with?

Sammie xx

 

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Large 3 Malts Sunflower Loaf

As many of you may have realised by now, I love baking bread. The smell and taste, unless you live near a really good bakery, is far superior to any supermarket loaf. I’ve been asked numerous times for the recipe to make my Large 3 Malts Sunflower Loaf and so here it is!

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Large 3 Malts Sunflower Loaf utterly delicious.

I have been asked a few times if I’m sponsored by Shipton Mill. I am not. Their’s is simply THE best bread flour I have ever used. I love that their 3 Malts with Sunflower blend gives the loaf a chewy, nutty, malt flavour, without the heaviness of 100% wholemeal Flour.

That said my triple proved Wholemeal Cob Loaf is delicious and the lightest wholemeal loaf I have come across.

Having made this Large 3 Malts Sunflower Loaf a good number of times now, it is consistently good. A perfect everyday loaf for toast, sandwiches and buttered with soup.

Recipe: Makes one Large 3 Malts Sunflower Loaf

750g 3 Malts with Sunflower Flour from – Shipton Mill

530mls Tepid Water

12g Fast Action Dried Yeast

1.5tsp Runny Honey

40g Softened Unsalted Butter

10g Sea Salt – I use Maldon

Method: You will need a large 4lb loaf tin that’s been buttered for this recipe.

  • Place the water, honey and yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook attached.
  • Add the 3 Malts flour on top of the wet mixture in the bowl.
  • Next add the salt and butter – broken into small pieces.
  • Lower the dough hook and mix on low speed for ten minutes. The dough should be stretchy and coming clean away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Lift up the dough hook and scrape any dough off, using your fingers, into the bowl.
  • Remove the dough hook and cover the bowl with a clean tea towel.
  • Leave the dough to prove in a draught free place until it is doubled in size.
  • Lightly dust the worktop with flour.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, using a clean, flour dusted hand, tip the dough on to the work top, easing it out of the bowl with your hand.
  • Flatten the dough slightly and fold the bottom third up and the just over the top third down. Rotate 90 degrees and repeat.
  • Turn the dough over and tuck any edges underneath so that you have an oval shaped piece of dough.
  • Place the shaped dough into the buttered bread tin and cover with a clean tea towel.
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Shaped and tucked into it’s tin.
  • Place the covered dough in a warm, draught free place until doubled or tripled in size. As this loaf starts to rise above the tin put the oven on to preheat at 230C/210C fan, gas mark 8.
  • Once the loaf has risen well and is above the edge of the pan place in the centre of the hot oven and bake for 30 minutes.
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Large 3 Malts Sunflower Loaf 3 times its original size and ready for the oven.
  • You can check your loaf at 25 minutes. It is baked when it is golden brown and sounds hollow when rapped on the base with your knuckle.
  • For a deeper, darker crust, bake for 10 minutes longer than the suggested time.
  • Once baked to your liking remove the bread tin from the oven and immediately turn the loaf out on to a cooling rack, or trivet.
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Freshly baked Large 3 Malts Sunflower Loaf.

You simply cannot get the smell of freshly baked bread at home, well, without freshly baking it yourself!

This time of year, summer, I cover the loaf with a net food tent to keep flies and bugs off.

Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing. Not only will the bread slice better, it is also said to be better for digestion.

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Large 3 Malts Sunflower Loaf so flavourful.

I had a delicious slice of this bread toasted, with jam, for breakfast this morning. Sitting in the garden, cup of coffee in hand, watching the bees and butterflies.

Note: For a smaller loaf use the weights and timings for the Lighter Wholemeal Loaf.

Homemade bread made easy using a stand mixer. You can, by all means make this loaf by hand.

If you have enjoyed the recipe for this Large 3 Malts Sunflower Loaf here are some others you may enjoy too:

Lighter Wholemeal Loaf

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Lighter Wholemeal Loaf a balance between white and wholemeal bread.

Crunchy Seeded Bread

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Crunchy Seeded Loaf full of delicious, nutritious seeds.

Farmhouse White Loaf

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Farmhouse White Loaf the best everyday white bread you’ll ever need!

I really love the process of making bread. If you look at the ingredient list on any standard, plastic wrapped loaf and compare it to mine, prepare yourself for a shock!

Once you get into the habit of making your own bread and on occaision make 2 loaves, so that you have one for the freezer, it is really hard to go back to supermarket bread. Even most supermarket bakery’s use flour stabilisers and improvers, as they use lower quality flour. Any loaf of bread I make always works out cheaper than it’s bought supermarket counterpart. The difference being that I know exactly what goes into my loaves.

Bread making isn’t as scary as it seems. Take a look through the bread recipes on this site? I hope you will be inspired to bake your own loaf.

Sammie xx

 

 

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