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8-Strand Plaited Loaf

8 strand plaited braided loaf recipe | Halal Home Cooking
I consider myself to be a morning person. I like to wake up early as morning is the most quiet and peaceful time plus i can get the majority of my housework done before i bake or in most cases i leave  the housework till later and bake fist because lets face it with toddlers you are cleaning and tidying up behind them all day and well the house still looks the same, or is that just me? and well baking always brightens my day like sunshine and makes me feel good!
Yesterday morning, a mixture of bright sunshine, clear blue skys with flakes of snow?! yes, masha'Allah what a combination! i was all up for getting my cleaning done and then on to attempting this challenging loaf that I'd wanted to try for so long....in fact i had tried and failed miserably many months ago, i ended up unravelling all the plait and i don't quite remember after that but i think i ended up making rolls or was it a regular loaf?......anyway i know i didn't bin it.

Not all things went to plan this time around either, i forgot the yeast! PANIC! with the last 500g of bread flour i had in the house, there i was weighing, stirring in the salt, oil, water then letting my stand mixer knead for 5 minutes all the while I'm psyching myself up to face the sequence of the plait/braid, daunting! so i set the dough to 'rise'.....1 hour later and nothing oops.

So what to do? well i googled the problem and read here to knead the yeast in now or mix the yeast with some flour, water, sugar in a seperate bowl and leave it to develop before adding to the dough.

I went for kneading the yeast in, it felt unpleasantly grainy but eventually did smooth out. I left the dough to sit for another hour, it did rise but nothing like usual so i decided to just proceed with the recipe and hope the second rise after shaping would do great things!
8 strand plaited braided loaf recipe | Halal Home Cooking
8 strand plaited braided loaf recipe | Halal Home Cooking
As you can see in the pictures above, there isn't that much difference in size but alhamdulillah it was still a good loaf considering the forgetful nature of the baker! It has a shiny golden crisp crust that comes from egg washing with a pinch of salt before baking and a super soft yet chewy interior.
8 strand plaited braided loaf recipe | Halal Home Cooking
If you would like to try this recipe, click here (it was featured on great british bake off) and note if you plait or braid hair, knit or crochet this should be easy for you considering your experience and skills masha'Allah, so go on give it a go and impress your loved ones.

Ok, so if your not an expert braider, baker or just want an easier yet impressive loaf,  try this braided cheese bread  i also featured on the blog many moons ago & remember if you do try any of the recipes i would love to see your results,  you can e-mail (can be found in about me page), tweet me a photos or leave me a comment including a link to your web space.

The thing i notice about all my homemade bread is that after a few hours the crust instead of staying crisp softens up, I'm guessing because there is no or little preservatives in the bread like shop bought? any ideas let me know.
8 strand plaited braided loaf recipe | Halal Home Cooking
This bread i loved with a slice of cheddar cheese!
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At 12 March 2013 at 09:50 , Anonymous GirlNextDoor14 said...

That looks so yum!

At 12 March 2013 at 11:40 , Anonymous Louise Loves Cake said...

This is a lovely looking loaf, I love how golden and shiny it is! x

At 12 March 2013 at 18:06 , Anonymous Black ballerina said...

Hmmm mashaAllah this looks so good ukhtee

At 13 March 2013 at 07:04 , Anonymous Asmaa said...

Glad you like it sister

At 13 March 2013 at 07:07 , Anonymous Asmaa said...

Thank you Louise, you should bake it sometime and share your results.

At 13 March 2013 at 07:08 , Anonymous Asmaa said...

Thank you for the visit and nice comment ukhtee.

At 14 March 2013 at 00:52 , Anonymous SaritaAgerman said...

This looks so gorgeous. It reminded me of a funny challenge from The Great British Bake Off (yours was far more professional looking than most of theirs!) Sarita

At 14 March 2013 at 03:50 , Anonymous Aiza said...

Homemade bread is so enticing. Reading this post, I just want to go buy some yeast and bake it which I cant. This looks absolutely amazing. Gosh. Thank you for teasing me ;)

At 14 March 2013 at 16:08 , Anonymous Asmaa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Sarita,

Yes, i first saw the recipe on the GBBO, i love that show!

Salam Alaykum Sister

At 14 March 2013 at 16:11 , Anonymous Asmaa said...

Do you live in quite a rural part of Pakistan Aiza or is dry Yeast widely unavailable throughout the country? I hope you manage to find some somewhere and make this bread, your family would really be impressed by it in sha Allah
Salam Alaykum <3

At 15 March 2013 at 01:15 , Anonymous Sameena Afzaal said...

Mashallah you are very creative,,, how do u manage to work out this tough mashallah..

I am night owl :)

At 15 March 2013 at 03:12 , Anonymous Aiza said...

Yeast is available but not the fast action one. I want to find some good quality yeast before baking something with it :)

At 15 March 2013 at 18:36 , Anonymous Asmaa said...

Salam alaykum sameena,

Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comment, it was my second time making this bread and i had to keep looking at the sequence the whole time to make sure i didn't make a mistake lol i was nervous the whole time

We are opposites masha'Allah asmaa = early bird lol

At 15 March 2013 at 18:43 , Anonymous Asmaa said...

You might want to read this sister http://www.nigella.com/kitchen-queries/view/Different-kinds-of-yeast/22 its about how you can substitute one type of yeast for another and just so you know fast action is the same as instant. : )

At 16 March 2013 at 09:13 , Anonymous Aiza said...

Ok thankyou so much :)
I bookmarked it JazakAllah.

At 17 March 2013 at 17:30 , Anonymous Melissa said...

That's a beautiful looking bread there!

At 19 March 2013 at 07:13 , Anonymous Asmaa said...

Thanks Melissa, you should try it sometime in sha Allah <3


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