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Honey Whole Wheat Braids

 Honey Whole Wheat Braids
This hearty, wholesome bread has a slightly sweet taste from honey. I grind my own whole wheat to use in this recipe.
32 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • All-purpose flour
  • Melted butter


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Add sugar; let
  • stand for 5 minutes. Add the honey, oil, milk powder, salt, 3 cups
  • whole wheat flour and remaining water; beat for 3 minutes. Stir in
  • enough remaining whole wheat flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a surface dusted with all-purpose flour; knead until smooth
  • and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning
  • once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until
  • doubled, about 2 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into
  • six portions. Shape each into a 15-in. rope. Braid three ropes;
  • pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Place in two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise

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Honey Whole Wheat Braids (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to wire racks. Brush with melted butter. Cool. Yield: 2 loaves
  • (16 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 107 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.