Viennese Striezel

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This is sweet braided bread. I halved the original recipe and added walnuts as well, though the original calls for only raisins.

Viennese Striezel
Recipe source: My favourite Pastime

Ingredients:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp instant yeast
2-3 tbs sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ cup raisins
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 tsp grated lemon rind
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup warm milk (may need additional 2 tbsp)
1 egg
1 egg yolk (keep the white for glaze)
3 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp slivered almonds
1 tbsp extra sugar for sprinkling
1 egg white too glaze

Method:
Mix flour, yeast, salt, sugar, lemon rind in a large bowl or food processor bowl.
Stir in raisins and nuts.
In a separate bowl, whisk egg, egg yolk, milk, vanilla essence and melted butter.
Add to flour and mix to get smooth dough.
Knead for 10 mins.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and keep aside in a warm place for 1 hr till doubled in size.
Take a baking tray and line with parchment paper. Sprinkle cornmeal or semolina and keep aside.
Knead the dough lightly and divide into 2 parts (original calls for 3)

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Divide each part to 3 and roll to long rope. Braid the 3 pieces.
Place on the baking tray.
Braid the other dough as well and keep on top of the first braid and press down gently.

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Cover with oiled cling wrap and keep aside for 30 -40 mins.
Meanwhile preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.
Beat egg white lightly and brush on top of the risen bread.
Sprinkle sugar and slivered almonds.
Bake for 30-40 mins until golden in colour.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Slice and serve.

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