Filled Plait Bread

Do you love making your own bread and like to experiment with different ways to make yummy homemade bread?

Have you never made bread before because all just seemed a little daunting?
Do you love the filled breads you get from the like of Bakers Delight and want to make your own?
Well if you answered yes to any of these questions then keep reading.
I’m going to share with you my easy peasy filled plait bread recipe.  This goes down a treat for brunch, lunch or anytime really. Team it up with a leafy salad and you have a complete meal.
If you have a stand mixer with the bread dough hook attachment or a bread maker then this recipe gets even easier.

INGREDIENTS
500gm Bread Flour
1 Tbs Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
7gm Dry Yeast
3 Tbs Olive Oil
1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
2 Cups of filling of choice
2 Tbs Pasta Sauce (optional)
LET’S PUT IT ALTOGETHER
1. Prepare your bread dough by placing all ingredients into either the bowl of your stand mixer and mix to combine with the beating attachment, in your bread maker and make the dough according to the directions for your machine for making pizza dough, or by the good old hand method.
STAND MIXER– Mix with the beater attachment to combine, then change to the dough hook and on speed 1 knead for approx 1 minute. Set aside in a warm place (covered) for 45 minutes or until it doubles in size.
Return to the mixer and knead again on speed one for 1 minute. The dough is now ready to roll out on a floured surface.
BREAD MAKER – Make your dough according to your bread makers directions for making bread roll dough as you don’t want to bake it.
HAND – Place all your ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand until combined and sticky. Place on a floured surface and knead by hand for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and a ball can be formed. Place in a covered bowl in a warm place for 45 minutes or until double in size.
Return to the floured surface and knock the bread back with a quick 30 second knead.
The dough is now ready to roll out on a floured surface.
ROLLING
Roll out to form a rectangle that is about 30cm x 60cm.
FILLING
Down the centre top with fillings of choice but no more than 2 cups of filling in total.
I have used a spread of pasta sauce, cooked spinach, ham and cheese.
Other filling choices: spinach, feta and garlic; ham, olive, red onion and cheese.
Make what your family enjoys.
PLAITING 
Cut 2cm wide strips down the two side of the dough that don’t have the filling on them.
Then start plaiting each side over it the centre in a pattern.
BAKING
Gently lift with the help of a egg flip onto a greased baking tray. Brush with some oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake in a 200 degree Celcius oven for approx 45 minutes or until the bread is golden and you can see the filling bubbling up in the gaps.

This makes 2 plait loaves.
Or you can make one plait loaf and four bread rolls.
I made bread rolls topped with pasta sauce, ham and cheese for the boys to enjoy.

Best eaten the same day. If keeping leftovers, store in the fridge in a sealed container.
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2 Responses to Filled Plait Bread

  1. Anne @ Domesblissity June 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    I can’t believe I haven’t used my breadmaker this year. I don’t cook the bread in there but mix it and prove it in there. I love plaited loaves too Amanda. Beautiful!

    Anne xx

  2. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile June 17, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    Yum! What a fantastic idea! We have friends coming over for lunch on the weekend and I think this would be perfect as a starter/nibbles! Thank you for all your awesome recipes! xx

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