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Strawberry and Vanilla Overnight Braid Loaf

Strawberry and Vanilla Overnight Braid Loaf

Ingredients

Bread:

  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 25g fresh yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
  • 450-500g white bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6-8 strawberries (chopped)

Glaze:

  • 3-4 strawberries
  • 50-75g icing sugar
  • pearl sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Crumble the yeast into the warm water and allow to dissolve. Gently heat the milk in a pan until it is also lukewarm and then add to the yeast liquid.
  2. Place the flours, sugar, vanilla sugar and salt in a large bowl, and stir until combined.
  3. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix.
  4. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about five minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into three equal parts. In turn, roll out each piece of dough until it is a long rectangle shape. Long side facing you, place the chopped strawberries right the way along the length, stopping around 1/2 inch from each end. Gently roll the edge of the dough over the strawberries, pushing them down a little, and then continue to roll, keeping the dough as tight as possible.
  6. Continue with the other two pieces until you have three long rolls of dough and then cut each roll in half so that you are left with six pieces. Take three rolls and place seam side down in a vertical position next to each other. Take the tops of the two outside rolls and press down on to the middle one. Gently begin to plait (braid) the three rolls together. When finished, tuck the bottom and tops underneath as this will help keep the bread together. Do the same with the other three rolls so that you are left with two braids.
  7. Grease a large baking tin or tray and place both braids on it. Cover with cling-film and leave in the fridge overnight.
  8. Next morning, take the braids out of the fridge and leave in a warm place for around one hour to rest and come up to room temperature. Heat the oven to 175°C and bake for around 25 minutes until the tops are nice and brown on top. Allow to cool for a while.
  9. For the glaze: mash the strawberries with a fork until there are no large lumps left and use as much icing sugar as necessary to thicken the glaze to a drizzling consistency. Pour over the braids and sprinkle with pearl sugar. Enjoy!