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Pandolce, Sweet Braided Bread with Raisins
Pandolce, Sweet Braided Bread with Raisins. Soft and with the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread, Pandolce has all the fragrance and sweetness of a dessert. Also great for breakfast, considering that raisins are very nourishing and make you start the day in the best way.

Prep Time: 1 hour 50 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes Yield: 1 sweet braided bread 1x Cuisine: Italian

Posted by Nicoletta & Loreto from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • Published See Nicoletta & Loreto's 7 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Sift the flour in a big bowl. Crumble the yeast in, mix, and open a hole in the center.

  • Step 2

    In the center, add the sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, salt, 1 egg, the lukewarm melted butter. Work with a fork, slowly incorporating some of the flour on the sides.

  • Step 3

    Slowly start pouring the milk, always working with the fork to incorporate all the flour.

  • Step 4

    Once a ‘raggedy’ dough starts to form, pour it onto a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Put the dough back in the floured bowl, cover with a wet towel and let rise for 1 hour away from air draughts (I cover it with a towel and put it in the oven, turned off with the light on).

  • Step 6

    Put the raisins in a small bowl, add water just enough to cover them, let sit for 5-10 minutes, then drain and pat dry.

  • Step 7

    After the 60 minutes rising time, punch down the dough, add the raisins and work to incorporate.

  • Step 8

    Form a ball with the dough, then divide into 3 parts, more or less the same size (I used a scale).

  • Step 9

    With your hands, roll each dough ball into a rope, about 40 cm long.

  • Step 10

    Put the 3 ropes in front of you and starting from the top, start to braid the ropes, sealing the ends together.

  • How to bake  sweet / dessert bread. Pandolce, Sweet Braided Bread With Raisins - Step 11
    Step 11

    Transfer the braid to a rectangular baking pan lined with parchment paper and set back to rise, covered, away from air draughts, for about 30 minutes.

  • Step 12

    Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C).

  • How to bake  sweet / dessert bread. Pandolce, Sweet Braided Bread With Raisins - Step 13
    Step 13

    After that time, brush the lightly beaten egg on top of the bread.
    Place on the lower rack of the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, covering the top of the bread with foil paper if you see it is getting too dark (I covered it at about half the cooking time).

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