Category: Savoury Bakes

Savoury Braid

Makes: 1 large Braid
Oven: 180 °C / 350 °F
Preparation Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Baking Time: 25 – 30 minutes
Ingredients:
500 g Cake flour (4 x 250 ml / 4 cups)
260 g Whole wheat flour (2 x 250 ml / 2 cups)
5 ml Salt (1 tsp)
5 ml Sugar (1 tsp)
1 ml Cayenne Pepper (¼ tsp)
125 g Margarine
10 g Anchor Instant Yeast (1 packet)
100 g Cheddar cheese (200 ml), grated
250 ml Lukewarm water (1 cup) (One third warm water and two thirds cold water)
2 Large eggs, beaten
Beaten egg, to brush
Filling:
750 g Smoked Viennas, sliced
2 Onions, chopped
12 Gherkins, chopped
100 g Cheddar cheese (200 ml), grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
Method:
  1. Mix cake flour, whole-wheat flour, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper together. Rub the margarine into the dry ingredients with the fingertips.
  2. Add the Anchor Instant Yeast and mix. Add the grated cheese and mix through.
  3. Add the lukewarm water and beaten egg to the flour mixture to form soft dough and knead the dough until smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, cover with greased plastic and rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Knock the dough down and roll the dough out into 40 cm square.
  6. Mix the filling together and place the savoury filling lengthwise down the centre of the dough. Cut the dough on the sides into 10 – 12 slanted strips, down both sides of the filling – using a sharp knife.
  7. Fold the top and the bottom of the dough over the filling so that the ends meet in the middle. Seal together. Start at the bottom and place a strip across the filling to meet at the beginning of a strip on the other side – place slanted. Then take a strip from the other side and repeat the process. Continue until all the strips have been braided across the filling – one left, one right over the filling. Braid from the bottom up and secure the last strip, by sealing it into the bottom of the braid.
  8. Place the braid on a lightly greased baking tray, cover with greased plastic and rise in a warm place for 10 – 15 minutes.
  9. Brush lightly with beaten egg and bake in a preheated oven 180 °C / 350 °F for 25 – 30 minutes until golden brown.