On Christmas Eve it is a Russian tradition to eat a special bread which is dipped first in honey then in garlic. The honey symbolises the sweetness of life, and garlic the bitterness of life.
This is a very loose interpretation of that tradition – a white plaited loaf topped with honey and garlic butter. I cheated with a packet of white bread mix, but its almost no more work to make your own.
Honey & Garlic Plaited Loaf
Ingredients1 packet white bread mix Luke-warm water to mix 20g butter 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp honey
1. Make up the bread mix according to packet instructions, cover and leave to rise in a warm place for an hour or more until doubled in size.
2. Divide the dough into three equal pieces, and plait together on a baking tray. Preheat the oven to 210°C, and leave the plaited dough to rise again for a further 30 minutes.
3. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped on the bottom.
4. In a food processor or pestle and mortar mix together the butter, garlic and honey. Slather (technical term) all over the loaf and leave aside until just before serving.
5. Return to the oven for 4-5 minutes until your kitchen smells suitably of garlic, and serve immediately.