Crusty White Plait by Allinson's

  • Total Time

    3h 5m
    • Prep Time

      2h 30m
    • Bake Time

      35m
  • Serves

    8

  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

    EF/Veg
    • Egg free
    • Vegetarian
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This crusty white plait is perfect toasted with lashings of butter. Bake this crusty white plait loaf to go with soups for lunch. 

Method

  1. Mix together the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the yeast.

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  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the warm water. Mix together until a soft dough starts to form. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead for about 10 minutes until you have a smooth and elastic dough.  This could also be done using a dough hook of your free-standing mixer.

  3. Lightly grease a clean mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with oiled cling film or a damp tea cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes - 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

  4. Knock back the dough by gently kneading just 5 times to get the air out.

  5. Divide the dough into three equal pieces and roll to form three even 'sausage' shapes. Arrange the sausages like an arrow pointing upwards, the tips of all three forming a point. Start to plait, right strand over the middle, then left over the middle, and onwards. Don’t pull too tight.

  6. Once the strands of dough have been plaited together, tuck the ends underneath the dough to hold in place.

  7. Gently ease into a lightly oiled 900g (23 x 13cm) loaf tin.

  8. Cover the dough again with oiled cling film or a damp tea cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes - 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

  9. Preheat your oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6.

  10. Place in the centre of the pre-heated oven and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until the bread is risen and golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.

  11. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack as soon as possible to avoid a soggy crust on the bottom.

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