I am a big fan of the Great British bake off, so I ordered Paul Hollywood Bake book. I find baking bread quite fun and a great stress reliever, however it can be a long process as most bread have to be proved for a couple of hours.
I picked a plaited loaf as the first thing to make out of this book, the reason I picked is that I liked the challenge of creating the plait after seeing a few people on the show finding it hardwork!
The dough is just like most enriched doughs, so you can make with any bread recipe you have. The difficult bit is in the plaiting, although once you get used to the pattern its quite easy to finish.
Divide you dough into 8 pieces and roll out into around 40cm sausages style lengths. Lay out on a floured surface and gather all the ends together and push into the work surface so that it holds firm while plaiting.
Next follow this sequences:
1) Take 8 under 7 and over 1
2)Take 8 over 5
3) Take 2 over 3 and over 8
4) Take 1 over 4
5) Take 7 under 6 and over 1
(Note that as you move a strand its number changes to the new order)
Repeat from step 2 until you have run out of bread. Then tuck the ends under to secure it, next leave to prove again for around an hour. Then bake!