Friday, January 24, 2014

Braiding Bread

You would assume a hairstylist would be at least competent in braiding. I'm not. Braids requiring any special skill outside of a big Pocahontas braid--ehh let's talk about hair color. My emphasis is, and has always been, more on color. 
Anyway, this braiding problem carries over into baking. I've made many attempts at braided breads like challah. Never to much success. 
Earlier this week I saw a photo of an easy braiding technique and I am elated at how easy it actually was. This is a sourdough, not challah. But I'm thrilled with how pretty it is! 
Form a thin rectangle of your dough. Having the dough chilled is a huge help. 
Flour the blades of a clean pair of scissors. 
And then slash 1/3 in on either side upward. As you can see, my cuts are vastly imperfect and it still came out beautifully. 
Another tip I read about! I'm sure to a lot of pro bread bakers this is boring. But...to get that beautiful lacquered crust like on a real baguette: 
Spray with sugar water from a spray bottle. Once before going in the oven and again about half way through cooking. 
It works fantastically. 
Have a great weekend! 


31 comments:

  1. That looks delicious AND pretty! Hope you have a nice weekend too! One thing is for sure, you will have some great bread around to snack on.

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  2. That IS pretty AND easy! I have never seen "braiding" done that way- xo Diana

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    1. Thank you! It's quite an exciting discovery to me!

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  3. Incredible! You are inspiring me to start making bread.

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    1. Thanks! Making bread is one of my favorite things. It is so easy and SO satisfying.

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  4. There IS an art to braiding well. I wore long hair for most of my life and so did our three daughters. I had a lot of practice at all sorts of braids.

    I bet a pizza cutter would make quick work of slashing a braided bread. Now I want to try this myself.

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    1. YOU ARE BRILLIANT! Why didn't I think of a pizza cutter?! Thank you!

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  5. Omg this bread might make me fall off the WW regime that I am on....could you make it look less appetizing perhaps?

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    1. Haha oh I'm sure it's only a few dozen points :) thank you!

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  6. Stephen, this has to be the most beautiful bread I've ever seen, truly too pretty to eat. (Almost.)

    I have had a wonderful time reading your blog posts, and have joined your site so I won't miss any of the upcoming ones. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much! You know how much I love your blog! Haha I was trying to see if I could come to the tour in July. I'd love to see your garden.

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    2. Stephen, by all means, you are more than welcome!

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  7. OMG!
    i can smell it from here!!! i want some freshly baked bread now.
    get thee behind me satan!!!

    it's truly a work of art.
    and fun watching how you did it.

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    1. Thank you so much! And you are sooo right, there is nothing in the world like the aroma of freshly baked bread.

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  8. There is nothing better than fresh baked bread. The smell is intoxicating. The braiding makes it look even better.

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  9. Your bread is GORGEOUS! I've once tried a bread just like that with apple pie filling (it was not a sourdough) using exactly the same technique, and it was super easy and came out good. And spraying with sugar water? I never thought of it! Thanks for sharing oxox

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    1. Oh I'll bet that was so good! And gorgeous. Thank you :)

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  10. you are kind of a brat! I'm trying to not eat bread. But sourdough is one that's not so bad on blood sugar I hear. Did you make this dough? I want the recipe! It's lovely lovely bread. I want both ends and a piece from the middle with lots of butter please. :)

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    1. Haha! Oh it's TERRIBLE :) I did make the dough. I still need to test the recipe a few more times before I post it. But I will soon! Have a great night!

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  11. I'm seriously craving some carbs right now! That looks so yummy - something from a fancy boulangerie! I love the smell of bread baking in the oven. One time I went to an open house, and the realtor had bread baking in the oven. Some warm and cozy. Well done, you!

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    1. Thank you! Oh that is a great idea for selling a house! I'm definitely keeping that one in mind. You should try the braided bread! It really is easy.

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  12. Yum...that braided baguette sure looks good! Nothing like the smell of fresh bread in the house!

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  13. oooh, that looks soooooo good.

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