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Almond, Citrus and Fennel Plait

This enriched dough is infused with almond, citrus and fennel before being twisted into a plait!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Proving time3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Keyword: almond, butter, egg, fennel, mixed peel


  • 500 grams strong bread flour
  • 100 grams ground almonds
  • 25 grams light brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 7 grams fast action yeast
  • 50 grams unsalted butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 150 millilitres whole milk warm
  • 75 grams water warm
  • 3 tbsp sourdough starter
  • 10 grams fennel seeds
  • 200 grams mixed peel
  • 100 grams flaked almonds


  • Pre-heat your oven to 200C / gas mark 7 / 390F.
  • In a large bowl mix together the bread flour, ground almonds, brown sugar, salt and yeast - trying to jeep the salt and yeast as far apart in the bowl as possible.
  • Rub the butter into the dry ingredients to form a breadcrumb like texture.
  • Add in two eggs (keep the other to one side), warm milk, warm water and sourdough starter and bring the mixture together into a dough.
  • Let the dough rest for an hour.
  • Next add the fennel seeds, mixed peel and 50g flaked almonds to the dough - kneed the dough for 10 minutes until the flavourings are well dispersed.
  • Let the dough prove for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  • Cut the dough into 3 equal pieces and roll them into long sausages.
  • Sprinkle a little bit of flour on your baking tin before making the plait.
  • Pinch the ends of the three dough 'sausages' together, take the right hand 'sausage' and place it over the middle one.
  • Take the left hand "sausage" and place over the top of the other two 'sausages', pinch the ends together and rearrange so it looks neat and tidy.
  • Let the dough prove for a final hour.
  • Brush the plait with a beaten egg and sprinkle over a few more flaked almonds.
  • Fill a pan with water and place at the bottom of your oven (this will create steam).
  • Place your plait into the centre of the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until it is golden brown.