Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair.
Today I'm sharing with you one of my favourite recipes: the Austrian sweet bread braid or "Riesenstriezel". It's very easy and quick to do and it always tastes delicious!
500 gr. flour (wheat, rye or spelt = Weizen, Roggen oder Dinkel)
300 ml. warm water or milk
30 gr. yeast
50 gr. butter
100 gr. sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
In a bowl melt the yeast with the warm water and mix to it the sugar.
In your mixer put the flour, salt, butter, and using the hook start mixing. Then add the water-yeast-sugar mixture and keep on mixing all the ingrediendts. If it looks too liquid add more flour, on the other hand if it looks too dry add water.
Once you have a soft and elastic dough put it in a floury bowl and cover it with a dishcloth. Let it rise for at least one hour. When the dough has doubled its size add the chocolate chips.
Take an oven dish with baking paper and start forming your braid: divide the dough in three parts and form three rolls you will braid and join at both ends. Brush it with the egg.
Put the braid in the oven at 180° C for about 20 minutes, it will be ready as soon as you see a nice golden crust.
Serving & eating suggestion:
Let the braid cool down before serving. Decorate your braid with some chocolate chips (eg. hearts). Eat it spread with some Nutella cream and drink a hot chocolate :-P