You know, that twisted bread; soft on the inside, sweet, fluffy and delicious? Well if you don't, now you do and this bad-boy will be a staple at every party you throw. Despite appearances this loaf is super easy to make and a great beginner project for any baker looking to feel fancy and show off their braiding skills. A couple rises are needed so give yourself some time to make this yummy treat but no fancy materials are required, just a bowl and a good old baking sheet.

670g flour
10 oz warm water
4 tbs sugar
2 eggs (+1 for glaze)
1/4 vegetable oil
1 tbs active dry yeast
1 tbs salt
sesame seeds and fleur du cil

Make a well in 400g of the flour then fill with the water, half of the sugar and all of the yeast. Let it rest for 10 minutes in a bowl or until nice and foamy. Add the beaten eggs, oil, salt and combine until a shaggy dough forms. Slowly add the rest of the flour to incorporate evenly. A sticky dough will form, remove the dough to a lightly floured board and knead. Do not add more flour except to dust your hands and keep the dough off the board.

Clean the bowl, oil it and place the solid but very tacky dough ball in it, cover and let rise until doubled. I like to do this overnight (12 hours) in the fridge for a little more complex flavor.

Gently remove the air bubbles from the dough and reform in to a ball, cover it again and let rise until doubled.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Punch down the dough again, cut it into 3 even pieces (6 if you want to make two smaller loafs, highly recommended) and roll them into logs that are about 12-14 inches long. Braid the logs and pinch the ends so it looks like this:

Let rise for another hour under loose plastic wrap then lightly brush the surface with egg wash and sprinkle with salt and sesame seeds. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Don't over cook this sucker and make sure the center is just at 200-205 F! Let cool for 30 minutes or more before cutting. Serve warm, cold or toasted and covered in jam! This bread pairs with literally everything; cheese, butter, cured fish - you name it. It also makes a mean egg sandwich the next day - when you toast this bread it gets amazingly flaky!

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