Country Fair Bread

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This braided bread loaf is an incredibly attractive and fluffy bread recipe, and as such, seems like it could win a country fair prize. This easy bread recipe bakes into a long braided loaf coated in sesame seeds and is golden brown. If you are a white bread or dinner roll fan, you will love this yeast bread recipe because it has a slightly sweet undertone as well as the richness of butter infused into the dough. If you haven’t baked bread before but are inspired by this loaf recipe, definitely try to make it. Bread isn’t that difficult to make once you understand a few crucial facts about the ingredients and how they work together. With this knowledge, you will be baking homemade bread successfully every time.

The first thing to consider in how to make bread is the yeast, because if the yeast doesn’t work your bread dough won’t rise. If you have bought fresh yeast at the grocery store recently, you shouldn’t have any issue, but if it has been sitting in your fridge for some time, you will want to test it to see if it works. Simply dissolve some yeast in warm water. You will know if the yeast is alive if the mixture foams. Another thing to remember when working with yeast is that both sugar and salt can kill yeast and cause it not to proof the dough in your bread recipe. This is a challenge for many to understand because bread recipe will usually contain salt and sugar. The important thing is to ensure there is a cushion of liquid or flour between the yeast and those ingredients, so they all do what they are meant to do. You also want to make sure you don’t heat your milk and butter to too hot of a temperature because excessive heat will also destabilize yeast. The ideal temperature for proofing active dry yeast would be 110 degrees Fahrenheit and is a good rule of thumb if using other yeast varieties as well.

Once bread dough recipes are mixed and allowed to double, they are usually shaped into their loaf and allowed to rise again in a warm place. It can be challenging finding a warm enough place in the kitchen to proof loaf recipes. Professional bakeries would have a machine called a proofer, but unfortunately, home kitchens don’t have that. Instead, you can preheat your oven to the lowest possible temperature and turn it off, and then place your dough recipe in the oven to rise for the specified time. You don’t want to preheat the temperature too high or else your bread may loosen and lose its shape or even start to bake. The smell and taste of homemade bread are enough to turn anyone into a bread baker, and this braided loaf recipe is an excellent place to start. This bread recipe is easy enough to to be too intimidating to the novice baker while being incredibly pretty. Thank you to Melissa, the author of Chin Deep recipe blog, for sharing her county fair bread recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: Country Fair Bread from Chin Deep
Ingredients: All purpose flour, sugar, salt, active dry yeast, whole milk unsalted butter, eggs, cornmeal, eggwhite.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 291, Calories from Fat 57, Total Fat 6.3g 10%, Saturated Fat 3.4g 17%, Cholesterol 44mg 15%, Sodium 443mg 18%, Potassium 133mg 4%, Carbohydrates 49.6g 17%, Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%, Sugars 6.0g, Protein 8.5g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 5%, Iron 16%

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