5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
4 hrs
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 40 mins

A sweet bread perfect for french toast

Course: Baked Goods, Baking
Cuisine: Baking, Bread
Servings: 2 small loaves
Calories: 1334 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 400 g strong white bread flour plus extra for dusting
  • 5 g powdered dried yeast
  • 10 g fine sea salt
  • 90 ml warm milk
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 100 g butter softened
  • 4 medium free range eggs beaten
  • 1 medium free range egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  1. to knead by hand:  mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, and bring it all together to form a dough.  Knead for about 10 mins, until smooth and shiny.
  2. Or, to use a food mixer:  fit the dough hook and add all the dough ingredients to the mixer bowl.  Mix on low speed until combined, and leave to knead for about 10 mins, until smooth and shiny.
  3. Shape the dough into a round, place in a bowl and cover tightly.  Leave in the fridge overnight.
  4. The next day, divide the dough in two and form into the shape of your choice.  Lightly flour the loaves, lay them on a wooden board or linen cloth and cover with a plastic bag.  Leave them somewhere nice and warm to prove until almost doubled in size; this could take 3 or 4 hours, as the dough is cold.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6.  For the glaze, beat the egg and milk together.  Transfer the risen loaves to a baking tray and brush all over with the glaze.  Bake for about 10 mins, then lower the oven setting to 180C/gas mark 4 and bake for a further 30 mins or until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (2 loaves)
Calories 1334 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Cholesterol 522mg174%
Sodium 2482mg108%
Potassium 468mg13%
Carbohydrates 169g56%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1915IU38%
Calcium 171mg17%
Iron 11.2mg62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.