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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf

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

  • 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 pan to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 218 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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