I was too eager to bake it and see the result. Had I waited an hour more, the bread would have been softer. Something what I enjoyed to the core was the braiding part. It is addictive to me and I wanted to keep doing it for some more time. But ran out of dough.
I didn't even wait for it to cool down. Started munching on it right away. I have a slightly burnt tongue now ;-) I will definitely make this again and give it lots of time to rise.