Most of the time, I baked sweet bread with filling but this week trying a savory ones made with my trusted bread recipe. . .
This Braided Masala Bread is a small buttery bread, braided and stuffed with onion, green chili and cilantro. The filling compliments this lovely loaf perfectly. It is braided from three strand of dough, a similar fashion how you braid your hair.
If you have a mixer or bread machine, the process is even easier because these gadget knead the bread for you. But if you don't have them, no worries, kneading with your hands is perfect and a good workout too.
Since I opt for buttery dough and stuffing it with onion, it becomes more sticky and hard to handle, Adding more flour is required in order to make it easier to shape. Actually you can shape into any shape you like but I want my bread in different shape. Despite it turns out not so pretty ( poor braiding) but the taste was *so* good. .
Braided Masala Bread is an awesome bread! It takes a bit of extra time to assemble but the bread itself is very soft and baked beautifully. .
BRAIDED MASALA BREAD
Yield : One loaf
220 g bread flour
50 g butter
1.5 tsp instant yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg (reserve 2 tablespoon for topping)
1 big onion sliced
3 green chilies chopped
1/2 cup cilantro chopped
1 tsp whole cumin
1 tsp oil
Heat oil in a pan, add in whole cumin, fry until fragrant. Add in onion, green chili, salt and fry until onion turns soft. Remove from heat, mix in cilantro and allow to cool.
DIRECTIONS FOR DOUGH
In a small saucepan, melt the butter, add in milk and remove from heat.
When the milk is warm to touch add in yeast, sugar, salt and an egg. Stir well.
Pour milk mixture onto flour, stir with wooden spoon. Cover and let it rise for one hour.
Punch the dough down, knead for 1 minute until smooth. Cover and let sit for another 30 minutes.
Knead again, mix in the filling, divide into 3 equal portions, add more flour if needed. Roll each into a long thick rope about 11 in long. Join the 3 ropes together at one end and start braiding. Tuck in the ends.
Place dough onto baking pan, let it rest for 1 hour.
Brush with egg wash, bake for 20 minutes @ 190 C until golden.
Other bread recipes:
Homemade Apple Rolls
Monkey Bread From Scratch
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