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Golden Sesame Braid

Our daughter won a blue ribbon at the state fair when she submitted this delicious bread. People always comment on the crisp crust and tender inside.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, sugar, salt, 3 eggs and 4 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 in half. Divide each portion into thirds. Shape each piece into a 12-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking pan; braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Beat remaining egg and cold water; brush over braids. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 139 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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