Russian Plait

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Russian Plait


Named for the braided hair this sweet bread resembles, this recipe is leavened with brewer's yeast. After it's left to rise, it's rolled out and spread with a sugar and butter filling; then, it's braided, baked and garnished with cocoa or powdered sugar. Cinnamon sugar is another common filling. Once you make them, let us know what you liked about the recipe and if there's anything you did differently in the comment thread below.


  • 20 grams yeast (brewer’s)
  • 250 milliliters milk (warm)
  • 2 eggs
  • 600 grams flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 130 grams sugar
  • 140 grams butter (softened)
  • cocoa powder (or powdered sugar)


  1. Mix the milk and yeast in a bowl. Add a little flour and mix into a smooth paste.
  2. Sprinkle with a layer of flour, cover, and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  3. Add the eggs, flour, salt, 100 grams of sugar and 90 grams of butter and mix well. Form into a dough ball that is smooth ,,ut not sticky.
  4. Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Place on a lightly floured surface and roll out into a rectangle of 1/2-centimeter thick.
  6. In another bowl, mix the remaining sugar and butter.
  7. Spread with the filling, roll up and cut off a slice, 2.3 centimeters wide, and set aside.
  8. Cut the roll of dough almost in half lengthwise, stopping 2 centimeters from the end.
  9. Take one half and place across the top of the other half, in the form of a plait. Continue in this way until the end.
  10. Place the plait on a baking sheet and top with the remaining strip of dough as decoration.
  11. Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  12. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes. If it browns too quickly, cover with aluminum foil after 15 minutes.
  14. Allow to cool and brush with milk. Sprinkle with cocoa powder or powdered sugar when dry.
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NutritionView more



Calories1040Calories from Fat320
Total Fat35g54%
Saturated Fat20g100%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat320
Total Carbohydrate157g52%
Dietary Fiber8g32%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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