Bread and Batter

Turkish Braided Loaf

I was watching on YouTube Turkish Food Travel video and she was making this beautiful braided bread. And I was thinking why not? I could use some of the dough to make hotdog buns. But first I’ll try making this potato filling bread.

The dough was easy to assemble with a mixer. I bloomed one packet of yeast into 1/2 cup warm milk and 2tbsp sugar. And once bloomed, added the other ingredients: egg, olive oil, bread flour, salt. Leave the dough to double in size and then you’re ready to fill it with the filling.

For the filling I boiled potatoes and then over a stove stirred them with olive oil and garlic, smoked sweet paprika and since I had some kale, added the veggie in too. And some leftover hotdog ends.

Take some dough out and then roll thin. I wished I had rolled the dough thinner but this turned out ok too. Then place the filling in the center.

Using a sharp metal pasty knife, make slits on each side and the just food left eighth left right. The bottom part was tricky and I was disappointed when it unravelled in the oven. Brush with egg and the top with nigella and sesame seeds.
See how the bottom part got unlaced? Almost perfect.
See how gorgeous the braids are? If I just ignore the bottom part.
The kids love it. Delicious! Next time I’ll roll thinner so less carby and perhaps try a meat filling. 😃

Dough Recipe

1. One packet of yeast

2. 1/4 cup warm milk

3. 2 tbsp sugar

4. 3 cups bread flour

4. 1/4 cup olive oik

5. 1 egg

6. 1/2 tsp salt

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