Preparation
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Heat the milk until lukewarm. Crumble in the yeast and stir until dissolved. Grate the lemon zest.

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Separate 3 eggs. Beat the butter with the egg yolks, maple syrup and a pinch of salt until frothy. (Use the egg whites in another recipe.)

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Add 1 tbsp lemon zest.

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Stir in the yeast milk and flour, alternately, and mix to a soft dough.

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Knead the dough on a floured surface. Let to stand in a cool place or in the fridge for 8 hours until doubled in size.

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Chop the nuts.

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Knead the nuts into the dough and let it prove for 30 minutes.

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Divide the dough into 3 parts and shape each one in a 15 inch long rolls.

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Weave the rolls into a plait and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

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Separate the remaining egg. Mix the egg yolk with the remaining milk and brush over the plait to glaze.

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Place the plait in the cold oven. Turn the oven to 400°F (350°F fan, gas 6) and bake for 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool.