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About this recipe: A recent 1st prize winner at our village show. The recipe for the bread is fairly standard although it needs to be made slightly drier than usual. What follows is a guide to making a five-plait loaf which can then be extended to 7 or 9 strands if you're feeling ambitious.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the standard three-plait as so often used to braid hair. However all plaits are best made with an odd number of strands, for example if you want to try a 7 strand plait loaf then arrange the strands in a group of four on the left and three on the right and proceed as shown above. You might however need to roll out longer strands.
Use the yeast sold for hand baking, not bread makers.