Ube Braided Bread

I have a jar of Ube Spread I got at Trader Joe’s a month ago. I find it too sweet to use as spread for my toast. I was looking for ways to use it up, after watching Youtube videos of Japanese bakery work I was inspired to make this braided bread.

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To make the dough I used this recipe here . I have used this before to make my Korean sausage bread and I really liked it’s texture and taste.

After dough has risen I divided it into 4 equal parts. Rolled it into a rectangular shape and placed a tablespoon of Ube spread on top. Using an angled spatula I spread it evenly on the dough leaving about a half inch border all around. Roll up the dough starting on the longest side, then using a sharp knife, cut the dough log horizontally, leave 1/2 inch of top edge uncut. Then braid and make sure to keep the open layers exposed on top as you do. This will give you the braided effect. Then take both ends and form into a circle tucking ends towards the center to form a knot.

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Place your dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. Let this rise for another 30 minutes. While waiting preheat your oven to 350F.

When your dough is ready, brush the tops with egg wash and bake for 15-20 minutes and until tops are golden brown.

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