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
You Will Need
Sift the flour in a big bowl. Crumble the yeast in, mix, and open a hole in the center.
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.
Slowly start pouring the milk, always working with the fork to incorporate all the flour.
Once a ‘raggedy’ dough starts to form, pour it onto a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes.
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).
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.
After the 60 minutes rising time, punch down the dough, add the raisins and work to incorporate.
Form a ball with the dough, then divide into 3 parts, more or less the same size (I used a scale).
With your hands, roll each dough ball into a rope, about 40 cm long.
Put the 3 ropes in front of you and starting from the top, start to braid the ropes, sealing the ends together.
Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C).