This is a Simili sisters’ recipe, from their wonderful book: Bread and sweet things.
- 135 g Manitoba flour
- 13 g fresh yeast
- 75 g water
Mix the ingredients and allow to leaven 30 minutes, covered.
- 400 g flour
- 75 g sugar
- 120 g warm milk
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tsp salt
- 120 g butter
- 50 g butter
- candied orange peel
- chocolate chips
- 150 g icing sugar
- lemon juice
Mix the flour, milk, sugar, egg yolks, salt and preferment.
Add butter and knead a soft and smooth dough.
Cover and let the dough rise until doubled in bulk.
Roll out a 2-3 mm thick rectangle, brush with butter, sprinkle the candied orange peel, raisins, chocolate chips leaving a clean 0,5 cm border around the edges.
Roll up the dough and using a sharp knife, cut the log in half length-wise. I suggest to do this on baking paper.
Start braiding the two pieces, trying to keep the open layers exposed so the cut ends remain on top. Pinch the ends together and form a wreath.
Brush with more butter if you want, and let rise 40 minutes.
Bake 25 minutes at 200°C.