Milk Bread Austrian-Style

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By
@Celestina9000

Inspired by a recipe in my 'Giant Book of Bread Machine Recipes'. I no longer own an automatic bread machine and have been slowly adapting bread recipes for preparation either in a stand up mixer or food processor.


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Serves:

(1) 1-pound loaf

Prep:

2 Hr 15 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

5 oz
warm milk (whole milk for best flavor)
1 1/2 tsp
active dry yeast
4 Tbsp
butter
2 c
unbleached flour
3/4 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp
anise seed, crushed to release oils
1/4 tsp
freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp
salt
1/4 c
granulated sugar
3 Tbsp
currants
3 Tbsp
tart dried cherries, chopped up into smaller pieces
coarse sugar, for sprinkling, about 1 tablespoon

EGG WASH:

1
egg
1 Tbsp
water

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Attach DOUGH HOOK to your stand up mixer. Gently warm the milk and add it, the active dry yeast and the butter to a stand up mixer. Stir on LOW briefly. Allow to sit 5 minutes.
2
Add the flour, spices, salt and sugar. KNEAD on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes or until the dough is smooth and springs back when touched. Add the dried fruit and KNEAD a few more times briefly just until the fruit is incorporated into the dough.
3
Transfer the dough to an oiled heatproof bowl. Cover and let rise until double in size-about 2 hours. (I turn on our stove to the KEEP WARM setting. As soon as the oven has come to temperature, I turn it off).
4
After the dough has risen, punch it down then place it on a floured cutting board. Divide into 3 sections and roll each sections into roughly 10" length. Braid the rolls and place in a parchment lined baking pan with both braided ends tucked underneath. Whisk together the egg wash and apply to the bread. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
5
Place the baking pan in the oven then PREHEAT oven to 395 degrees. Start the timer as soon as you set the baking pan in the oven.
6
Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the bread is a deep golden color and hollow when tapped.

So good straight from the oven!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: German
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian