Easter Celebration Bread

500ml milk, tepid
250ml x 6 all-purpose flour
30ml sugar
15ml instant yeast
10ml salt
85ml butter, cubed, room temperature

Fit a dough hook on your stand mixer.
Add the milk, 5 x 250ml flour, sugar, yeast and salt to the mixer bowl.
Turn the mixer on a low speed and knead to bring together.
Add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft, workable dough.
Knead for 3 minutes on medium-low speed, until you have a smooth elastic dough.
Add the butter and continue to knead on medium-low speed until the butter is completely incorporated and the dough is smooth, shiny and elastic.
Cover the dough with a tea towel and allow to rise for 60-90 minutes.
Spray a 22cm loose-bottom cake tin with cooking spray and set aside.
Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it.
Divide in half.
Shape one half into a 22cm diameter disc and place in the prepared cake tin.
Divide the other half into three equal portions and roll each into a rope about 60cm long.
Now braid the three ropes together and place the braid flat around the edge of the pan, forming a circle.
Trim the ends of the braid so that it “meets” neatly.
Place an uncooked egg in the centre of the circle – this symbolises birth/new life.
Cover the tin with a tea towel and leave to double – it should take about an hour.
Preheat your oven to 180℃.
Place the bread in the oven and bake for 55 minutes.
Remove from the cake tin and cool completely on a wire rack.

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