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Braided Sesame Wreath Recipe

Braided Sesame Wreath Recipe

"Knead" a gift better that store-bought? This is the all-time favorite bread of everyone I know-and I bake all kinds. I garnish my buttery wreaths with festive fabric bows.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk plus 2 tablespoons warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the butter, sugar, egg, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft 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. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Shape each portion into a 22-in. braid; pinch ends together to form a ring. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 218 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 248 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.