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Homemade Egg Bread

People rave about this tender, delicate bread every time I serve it. The braided look is just beautiful and is actually quite easy to do. —June Mullins, Livonia, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1-1/2 cups warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Sesame seeds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, eggs, butter, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 6 portions. Roll each portion into a 14-in. rope. For each loaf, braid 3 ropes together on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 50 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Beat together egg yolk and water; brush over loaves. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 135 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • William
    Feb 3, 2021

    Not doing mine exactly like this, but MAN using egg and milk instead of water really makes a fantastic bread! the texture and taste is so much better!

  • Jessica
    Apr 13, 2020

    Easy to make, texture is nice, but the bread is lacking in flavor A LOT. It is definitely missing something, more salt or sugar perhaps. I am a former bakery owner and pastry chef...I was looking for a new recipe during the quarantine to try. I believe with a little tweaking this bread would be great, but overall, I still think there are better recipes out there.

  • Lyra
    Mar 20, 2020

    Yummy and so easy

  • Tobie
    Jan 5, 2020

    Absolutely Perfect loaf of bread. The taste, texture, aroma, it was all better than expected. I baked on a sheet of parchment on a standard baking pan. It was done a little before recommended baking time. Will definitely make again and again.

  • Judith
    Nov 8, 2018

    PLEASE NOTE: Bake on a bread stone or multi layered baking sheet. A typical baking sheet is too thin and the bread burns on the bottom before done. Granted I am new at baking bread... the house smells amazing though and running out to get a baking stone now! Will repeat tomorrow!

  • Tomasz
    Jun 2, 2018

    I made bread and burger rolls out of this recipe an my kids ate it up!!!

  • janice
    Feb 5, 2018

    I made this bread this morning and it turned out beautiful. The recipe is easy to follow and tastes amazing.

  • Lesley83
    Sep 25, 2016

    This bread turned out exactly how I expected and was a hit at my family dinner. It's soft, tender, tastes like "egg bread". I followed the recipe exactly, omitting the seaseme seeds at the end because I didn't have any, but still brushed the glaze before it went in the oven. My guests thought the bread was from a bakery, served it with a homemade lasagna. I will be making this bread again!

  • RealRooster
    Oct 20, 2014

    Absolutely delicious. .. was a big hit here ant home out of the two loafs only half left...

  • TNTDJ
    Mar 1, 2014

    This recipe takes a long time to make! It basically tasted like plain bread. I think it needed more sugar, and salt as a topping. The texture was nice. It tasted good with honey. Overall I thought it took too long for how it tasted.