What you need:
450g Odlums strong white flour
2 pinches of sea salt
50g caster sugar
100ml whole milk warmed
4 eggs at room temperature
1 egg beaten for egg wash
A handful of sesame seeds
190g salted butter , cubed and softened
Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas Mark 4 and grease a two-pound loaf tin.
In your stand mixer bowl add the flour, salt to one side, sugar to the other, yeast on top of the sugar, and then add the warmed milk.
Place it on a medium speed.
Add the eggs one by one while it’s mixing and then mix for a further 10 minutes once they are all added.
Now add the butter cubes two at a time while it’s mixing. Add the butter gradually when it combines with the dough.
Once all the butter is added, cover the bowl with cling film and leave to prove for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Once proved, tip the dough out onto a floured surface and divide it into three.
Roll the dough into sausage shapes the same length as your baking tin.
Join each length at the tops and plait by bringing the 1st end over the middle and the 3rd end over the middle piece. Continue until you have it all plaited.
Place it into the greased tin and then cover it with a tea towel to prove for a further 20 minutes.
Brush with egg wash and then sprinkle over the sesame seeds. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin and then tip it out to cool further. Tip brush a little honey on top to give it a nice glaze while it’s cooling in the tin. Enjoy.