After seeing Happy Homebaker's very inviting and interesting pretty marble bread, I decided to give my very first try on plaited loaf. Afterall, I had all the ingredients on hand.
It was quite easy to manage the doughs after the first fermentation except the plain dough which was quite sticky (strange!) Well, I just lightly floured the sticky dough each time I rolled it and thereafter the dough wasn't that sticky.
Since it was my very first time to plait a dough, I was rather excited. Luckily, all went well though I think my plaiting was not very neat. I tucked both ends of the dough and put it in my pullman's tin. Just then, I remembered I forgot to pinch and seal the dough tightly..... oops! How? Forget it! I don't have the heart to take it out and "disfigure" my dough! I cover the lid and let it proof for 60 minutes or until the dough reach 90% of the height of the tin.
I don't encounter the plain dough tearing apart as what Happy Homebaker said. But about 30 minutes into 2nd proofing, I open the lid and noticed the centre part of the dough rises way ahead of the sides. Afraid that the sides may not rise as high as the centre, I stick to the 60 minutes proofing. Once the proofing was over, I quickly sent for baking, praying hard that I don't get a weird mountain range after baking.
No matter how well-greased the lid, I find that my bread always stick to the lid. This was what happened to my otherwise perfect loaf!
I was pleasantly surprised that the dough raised so well! Truly amazing a plaited loaf put into a tin can come out as a perfect square! Wow!
Overall this loaf is not bad: soft and light, very appealing to young kids :)