In your country, do you also have bread in decorative forms? In Austria we have something called Striezel: a kind of bread made of yeast dough in form of a braid. It can be made out of three, four or even five strands and is perfect for breakfast (and for kids all day long).
My Striezel is made of three strands. Although it looks complicated it is easy to make and is an eye-catcher on every breakfast table. It only takes some time to prepare the yeast dough.
– 500 g/ 17,6 oz flour
– 1 package of instant yeast (enough for 500 g/ 17,6 oz flour – please consult the instructions on the package)
– 50 g/ 1,8 oz butter
– 75 g/ 2,6 oz sugar
– 1 tablespoon salt
– 2 eggs
– approx. 250 ml/ 8,5 fl oz milk
1. Carefully heat milk with butter and sugar until lukewarm and butter is melted.
2. In a big bowl mix salt, flour and yeast.
3. Add warm milk-butter-sugar mixture and one egg and knead with your hands until you have a smooth and elastic dough.
4. Cover the bowl with cloth and let dough rise on a warm place for about one hour.
5. Knead again and let rise again for about 30 minutes.
6. Divide dough in three equal pieces and form them to strands. Hit them flat to get rid of all the air inside and twist into a braid.
7. Put braid on a lined baking tray and let rise again for about 15 minutes.
8. Whisk the other egg and brush the braid.
9. Put into a cold oven and bake for about 25 minutes at 170 ° C/ 338 ° F.
10. Let cool and enjoy!