This lovely loaf is well worth the time and the effort. It's a yeast bread so it will rise in the oven. The sesame seeds are optional but they do add a nice flavour.
SO good! Since everyone else said that the recipe made 2 huge loaves, I cut it half and used a little less than 3 eggs - I beat them in a separate bowl, then mixed in *just about* all of the egg. I think I overshot though because despite others having a dry bread, I had to add an EXTRA 200g flour to mine. Also, I traded some flour for wheat gluten. This was by far the best dough I've worked with, and the end result was perfect. I made one loaf (braided and wrapped it into a U-shape so it fit in the oven!) from the half recipe and baked it for 50 minutes on the dot, rotating it halfway through. My fiance was blown away, as was I! - 10 Mar 2011
WOW!! This was totally amazing! For me it made 3 large loaves though, but it's so yummy i'm not at all complaining! My parents just tucked into some, and going to give a loaf to my neighbour tomorrow. Def will be making this again! Thanks for the great recipe - very very VERY good! - 25 Oct 2009
Awesome recipe. I made one huge loaf and everyone thought it was fake. Mine did not look like the picture...it looked like a professional bread, not at all homemade. It had a wonderful, mildly sweet taste. One hint...if you braid for one large loaf, remove your top oven rack. This thing comes to life once it starts baking. - 14 Jul 2008