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Braided Sesame Wreath

 Braided Sesame Wreath
"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.
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.


  • 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 King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from

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Braided Sesame Wreath (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.