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This is an easy and inexpensive gift for any occasion.
In a mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix 1 minute. Next add water and half of the beaten egg. Mix. Add butter and combine. Knead by hand until smooth and elastic, about10 minutes.
Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. After that, punch the dough down and make a round ball and allow to rise for10 minutes longer.
Now take the ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you get a large square 11 x 11 inch and 1/8 thick.
Cut the dough into strips – 1/2 inch width.
Weave your lattice design on a piece of oiled parchment paper.
Lightly grease the top of the 7 inch diameter metal bowl (use butter or cooking spray). Now transfer the paper with the latticed dough into the metal bowl. Trim any excess dough.
Place the remaining 1/2 inch width long strips around the edge (rim) of the dough basket.
Now place bowl on a greased baking tray and allow to rise for 35 minutes. Brush the remaining beaten egg over the basket.
Bake at 200C for 20 minutes. Check after 15 minutes – if basket is browning too quickly cover with foil.
When basket is completely golden brown remove from oven. After cooled, remove bread basket from the bowl.
Serve with butter or jam.
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