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Squash Braid Recipe

Squash Braid Recipe

THIS should be called "You Can't Have Just One Slice Bread." My friend gave me this recipe when I first started making bread. It's golden on the outside and the inside - beautiful and colorful besides being so delicious. I love to bake it in the fall. It blends in with every menu that includes the produce of that season. -Amy Martin, Waddell, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup mashed cooked butternut squash
  • 1/3 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • 1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. In a bowl, combine squash, milk, butter, egg, brown sugar and salt; mix well. Add yeast mixture and 1-1/2 cups flour; mix well. Add 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. Divide into thirds; roll each third into a 18-in. rope. Place on a greased baking sheet. Braid ropes together; pinch ends. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Combine glaze ingredients; brush over braid. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 140 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews for Squash Braid

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zookeeperk User ID: 819663 220038
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Used the dough to make rolls... everyone enjoyed them."

LauraShoe User ID: 999714 48740
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"It is easy to make. The texture is lovely. The flavor is okay. However, it is not super spectacular in the way of homemade bread."

glassynina User ID: 1919792 20055
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"My sister gave me a very large butternut squash, and this is one of the new recipes I tried. I love baking bread, and this one is definitely a keeper: light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious!"

minimaus User ID: 1816667 44163
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"I had yellow squash on hand so I made with that squash.The taste is great but for that squah i needed to add more flour ,I will make it ahanyellow squash"

Spiffy64 User ID: 5125460 24194
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"This was very good bread. I especially enjoyed it warm with butter. It is really quite a pretty bread with it's bright yellow color. It does tend to dry out after a day..."

s_pants User ID: 174050 43260
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"I made the dough in my bread machine and it came out so tender and delicious! Even people who don't like squash liked it."

Leslee V User ID: 2982175 15847
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2008

"My family and I love this moist tender bread.

We usaully substitute canned yams for squash. Squash bread is a Thanksgiving
must for us."

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