Viennese Striezel

Sweet Braided Yeast Bread

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comMy summer was full of baking. This bread was very soft and flavourful. It took us some three days to finish. I don’t know why, but my kids don’t really like bread….they eat it grudgingly. It’s a bright and sunny day today, although I’m sorry that Haiti and East Coast of Florida are experiencing the Hurricane Mathew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 

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  • Ingredients
  • 600g (21oz, 1.3Ib, 4¾ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Fleischmanns instant yeast
  • 60g (¼ cup) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rasins (or any other dried fruits or a mix)
  • 2-3 teaspoons grated lime rind
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) warm water
  • 180ml (¾ cup) warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 80g (3oz) butter, melted
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten, to glaze
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • Extra sugar, extra, for sprinkling

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comPlease always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start. Preheat the oven to 360F (180C) 10 minutes before using. Line a baking sheet with parchment and sprinkle some cornmeal on top. Set aside.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comSift the flour, yeast, sugar and salt into a bowl.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comStir in the raisins and grated rind. Make a well in the centre.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comIn a separate bowl, whisk the water, milk, egg, egg yolks and melted butter together.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comPour the mixture into the well

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comand mix into a soft dough (you may need to add 1-3 tablespoons more water). Turn on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comPlace the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comKnock back the dough and knead for 1 minute. Divide into two. Cover one portion with a tea towel. Divide the remaining into three equal pieces. Shape into 20-inch (50cm) ropes. Place the 3 ropes side by side and braid

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.combraid, beginning with the one in the middle.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comPinch ends to seal and tuck under.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comCut off one third of the remaining dough and divide it into 3 equal pieces. Shape each piece 12-inch (30cm) ropes. Braid the dough and set aside.
Divide the remaining dough into 3 equal pieces and shape each into 16-inch (40cm) ropes. Braid and set aside.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comMake a 2cm depression down the middle of the large braid, with the side of your hands. Brush the braid with egg white. Place the 16 inch braid on top of the first. Make a 2cm depression down the middle of the second bread and brush with egg white and place the smallest braid on top. Press down lightly.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.com.Place the bread on the prepared tray and cover with a plastic bag and leave in a warm place for 1 hour or until well risen.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comBrush loaf with egg white, sprinkle almonds and extra sugar, evenly on top.

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comBake 30-40 minutes until golden on top. Transfer onto a cooling rack

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.comSlice and enjoy

Viennese Striezel myfavouritepastime.com

Viennese Striezel

Preparation time: 40 minutes + 2 hours standing; Baking time: 30-40 minutes; Makes: one three tiered loaf

Ingredients

  • 600g (21oz, 1.3Ib, 4¾ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Fleischmanns instant yeast
  • 60g (¼ cup) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rasins
  • 2-3 teaspoons grated lime rind
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) warm water
  • 180ml (¾ cup) warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 80g (3oz) butter, melted
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten, to glaze
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • Extra sugar, extra, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) 10 minutes before using. Line a baking sheet with parchment and sprinkle some cornmeal on top. Set aside.
  2. Sift the flour, yeast, sugar and salt into a bowl. Stir in the raisins and grated rind. Make a well in the centre.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the water, milk, egg, egg yolks and melted butter together. Pour the mixture into the well and mix into a soft dough (you may need to add 1-3 tablespoons more water). Turn on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. (if using a dough hook knead for 5 minutes)
  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Knock back the dough and knead for 1 minute. Divide into two. Cover one portion with a tea towel. Divide the remaining into three equal pieces. Shape into 20-inch (50cm) ropes. Place the 3 ropes side by side and and braid, beginning with the one in the middle. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under.
  6. Cut off one third of the remaining dough and divide it into 3 equal pieces. Shape each piece 12-inch (30cm) ropes. Braid the dough and set aside.
  7. Divide the remaining two third dough into 3 equal pieces and shape each into 16-inch (40cm) ropes. Braid and set aside.
  8. Make a 2cm depression down the middle of the large braid, with the side of your hands. Brush the braid with egg white. Place the 16 inch braid on top of the first. Make a 2cm depression down the middle of the second bread and brush with egg white and place the smallest braid on top. Press down lightly. Place the bread on the prepared tray and cover with a plastic bag and leave in a warm place for 1 hour or until well risen.
  9. Brush loaf with egg white, sprinkle almonds and extra sugar, evenly on top. Bake 30-40 minutes until golden on top. Remove from oven and transfer onto a wire rack to cool.

Points to Note

  1. Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperature depending on your oven
  2. Please note the bread should essentially be divided into three portions, the bottom being largest, the middle being larger than the top. Three tiers in total
  3. I baked the bread at 350ºF (175ºC) for 35 minutes.
  4. For cup measures: spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

5 thoughts

  1. Ah man, you’re killing me! Lime zest and almonds and raisins?? Plus that beautiful braiding?? Q – how can your kids grudgingly eat bread?? Mine inhale bread and then ask for more. I think you have aliens 😉 Kat

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