Braided Egg Bread
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
Makes1 loaf (16 slices)
- 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
- In a large bowl, combine 2-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat water and oil to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients along with eggs. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a lightly 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 1-1/2 hours.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Set a third of the dough aside. Divide remaining dough into 3 pieces. Shape each into a 13-in. rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under.
- Divide reserved dough into 3 equal pieces; shape each into a 14-in. rope. Braid ropes. Center 14-in. braid on top of the shorter braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl, beat egg and water; brush over dough. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cover with foil during the last 15 minutes of baking. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts1 slice: 134 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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Mar 15, 2020
I’ve used this recipe a lot before and it’s always turned out gorgeous and delicious!
Jan 10, 2019
My first successful homemade bread! I love how easy it is to make, and it tastes so good. I use my kitchenaid mixer to knead the dough (8 mins on medium speed, per another user suggestion). To save time, I usually prepare the dough the night before the day I intend to bake it, and I let the dough do its first rise in the refrigerator overnight. Then when I'm ready to bake, I braid the dough per instructions, and allow it to rise for the second time. It usually takes about 45-50 minutes to double in size on the second rise, on account of the dough being cold. Then I brush with the egg wash and bake oer recipie instructions. Comes out perfectly every time, and I've made it 4 times already. Fantastic recipe.
Dec 3, 2018
Looks great! But is rather tasteless. I will add more salt and possibly sugar next time.
Jun 30, 2018
Very easy and tastes great. I think it turned out well for my first try.
Jan 6, 2018
This recipe is so easy and came out great. I let my Kitchen Aid mixer do the kneading (8 min. on medium speed). Everything was spot on except for the fact that the top braid was a little off center after baking. Is there any way to remedy that? Input appreciated as I will be making another loaf again very soon. Thanks!
Jul 30, 2016
This recipe was a bit of an experiment for me because I was using a kneading mixer; in consequence, my dough had an odd, flaky-looking texture. When I tried to knead it together, it came out exceptionally dense and tough, and I was worried I had ruined it. I wet my hands and kneaded the dough briefly - this repeatedly until I had kneaded in just a bit of moisture that made it look a little more smooth but not really any more promising. But you know what? It worked. It came out great anyway and the braids look fabulous.
Mar 24, 2016
Tastes absolutely delicious - any tips though on how to not have the top braid bake off center? Is there a way to adhere the top braid to the base braid? Help!
Sep 17, 2013
This was so easy to make and so delicious! I'll be adding it to my cold-weather bread rotation.
Nov 27, 2011
This recipe was so easy to follow and it turned out wonderfully! Now I'm no longer afraid to make a braided loaf. :-)
Jun 2, 2009
After reading a lot of recipes, I realized that if a machine can mix up a dough and then KNEAD that dough before baking it up, I surely must be able to use a stand mixer to assist me! Please keep your fingers crossed that I'm right . . .