Basket Bread

Basket Bread

Have you ever baked basket bread? If not, you ought to try it. It is fun! When it comes to baskets, it’s best to use plastic ones for they are water-resistant which makes them easier to clean after use.

Ingredients
5 dl [1 pt] water
50 g [1,75 oz] yeast
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 dl [0,1 pt] Lyles’s Golden Syrup or similar
1 tsp salt
7 dl [1,4 pt] (385 g / 0,85 lb) of rye flour
7 dl [1,4 pt] (385 g / 0,85 lb) flour
1 tablespoon butter
2 baskets with a nice pattern

Makes 2 bread

Approach

[1] Warm up the water until it is lukewarm. Dissolve the yeast in the water.

[2] Add the oil, syrup, butter, salt and almost all the flour (use the leftover for decoration). Stir everything together into a dough.

[3] Let the dough rise under a cloth in a warm place for about 30 min.

[4] Sprinkle a little flour in two baskets.

[5] Knead the dough until it is smooth and supple. Divide dough in half and shape to the size of the baskets.

[6] Brush the dough with water, then sprinkle with a little flour.

[7] Put the dough in the baskets and press it against the bottom, so as to form a pattern.

[8] Set the oven at 200° C / 390° F. Let the bread rise for 30-40 min. in the baskets.

[9] Grease a baking sheet and vault the loaves gently out of the baskets and down on the sheet before baking.

[10] Bake the bread for about 30 min., until they have got a nice colour and sound hollow when you tap them in the bottom

[11] Let the bread cool on a grid under a cloth.

These bread may also be made as two round bread without the baskets.

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