Braided Bread Recipe

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My grandmother inspired me to try cooking. Homemade bread is my passion. I've always loved it, and in order to satisfy my appetite for it, I decided I'd have to learn to make my own bread. Nothing tastes better than a warm slice topped with butter.—Al Latimer, Bentonville, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 8 to 9 cups bread flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) quick-rise yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 eggs
  • Cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons cold water
  • Sesame or poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 134 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine 5 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Heat water, butter and honey to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed. Separate one egg; refrigerate the egg white. Add egg yolk and remaining eggs to yeast mixture; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down and divide in half. Divide each portion into thirds; shape each into a rope about 18 in. long. Sprinkle two greased baking sheets with cornmeal; place three ropes on each baking sheet and braid. Pinch ends firmly and tuck under. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Beat cold water and reserved egg white; brush over the dough. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Braided Egg Bread in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p53

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 50355
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I made this with Thanksgiving dinner and it was excellent."

LauraManning User ID: 968398 81000
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"I've made this several times and it has an excellent taste and texture and looks beautiful too. Be sure you cook it long enough though or it'll be doughy inside."

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