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Curry Plaits Recipe

Curry Plaits Recipe

Ingredients: Makes two 450 g / 1 lb loaves

120 ml/4 fl oz warm water
30 ml/2 tbsp dried yeast
225 g/8 oz clear honey
25 g/1 oz/2 tbsp butter or margarine

30 ml/2 tbsp curry powder

675 g/1 lb/6 cups plain (all-purpose) flour

10 ml/2 tsp salt
450 ml/2 cups buttermilk

1 egg
10 ml/2 tsp water
45 ml/3 tbsp flaked (slivered) almonds


Mix the water with the yeast and 5 ml/1 tsp of the honey and leave to stand for 20 minutes until frothy. Melt the butter or margarine, then stir in the curry powder and cook over a low heat for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining honey and remove from the heat. Place half the flour and the salt in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture, the honey mixture and the buttermilk and gradually add the remaining flour as you mix to a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in size.

Knead again and divide the dough in half. Cut each piece into three and roll into 20 cm/8 in sausage shapes. Moisten one end of each strip and press together in two lots of three to seal. Plait the two sets of strips and seal the ends. Place on a greased baking (cookie) sheet, cover with oiled clingfilm (plastic wrap) and leave to rise for about 40 minutes until doubled in size.

Beat the egg with the water and brush over the loaves, then sprinkle with almonds. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C/375F/gas mark 5 for 40 minutes until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped on the base.

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