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The Six-Pointed Wreath Bread

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ibor

The Six-Pointed Wreath Bread

Formed by a series of interlinked three strand braids. 

The centerpiece can be replaced by whatever you choose, including a painted egg for Easter.

* From the book: "The Art of Braiding Bread"

* https://myfoodaddress.blogspot.com/

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Lechem (not verified)

All your braids are fantastic but this is the best so far IMHO.

- Abe.

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ibor

Thank you Abe, I keep trying.

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Succeeding. I once tried plaiting challah and even a straight forward 4 strand plait is not easy to do and keep its shape after baking. Still tasted good though. 

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I spend most of my time and effort designing ways to make bread braiding accessible to everyone, so it makes me sad when people admire my work but considers it beyond their reach; all you have to do is try, and persevere.

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Perhaps it's time to revisit plaiting. What hydration dough is good for plaiting? And what advice can you give to a novice like me?

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ibor

Keep hydration at 60%.

As for formulas, Hamelman is always trustworthy

Bread flour 67%

High –gluten flour 33%

Sugar 8%

Yolks 7.5%

Vegetable oil 7.5%

Whole eggs 14%

Water 32%

Salt 1.9%

Yeast 3%

Total Yield       173.9%

 and so is Maggie Glazer http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/my-challah-235867

as for advice, it is very simple, keep practicing

good baking