Ward just had his birthday so I figured it was a perfect time to bake bread for the first time!
I even used his favorite butter, Kerrygold, in the recipe.
Thanks to Ayesha Curry’s cookbook, The Seasoned Life, I was able to take baby steps into the bread making process. It was so easy an came out so well – I am so happy to have this in my arsenal now.
I prepped for the bread by greasing a bread pan with olive oil.
I then mixed the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, and warm water with the paddle attachment.
I switched to the dough hook and added the cubed butter then combined for about 5 minutes.
I then placed the dough in an oiled bowl and covered it with saran wrap for 15 minutes.
After the 15 minutes, I removed the dough from the bowl and placed it on a lightly floured surface. I split it in two and rolled each to 12 inches then braided them.
I placed the braided dough into the prepared pan and then brushed it with egg.
I placed the bread in the oven and let it bake for about 30 minutes. When it came out, it was beautifully golden brown and I let it rest for 5 minutes in the pan.
I removed it from the pan and was so happily amazed that I had actually made this! I mean, wow! I never thought that my first time making bread would go so well. I know that I didn’t make my own started and that this took a fraction of the amount of time that most breads take but, like I said, baby steps!
Like the recipe said, the bread was dense with a chewier inside but man was it good! I could definitely see making this again and again and slathering butter and jam all over it. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!