Just in time for seasonal dinners and holiday gift giving comes this recipe, yielding two gorgeous loaves. At her Rock Island, Illinois kitchen, Marion Elizabeth Erickson completes the golden bread with an egg wash and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

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50 mins
30 mins
1 hr 20 mins
40 servings


Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, aniseed and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, butter and water to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add 1 egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough (dough will be sticky).

  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.

  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Divide each portion into thirds. Shape each into a 14-in. rope. Place three ropes on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

  • Beat remaining egg; brush over braids. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.


Nutritional Analysis: 1 slice equals 119 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

Nutrition Facts

121 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 19.7g; fat 3.1g; cholesterol 15.6mg; sodium 76.5mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

Rating: 5 stars
This bread was sooo easy to make, I kid you not. I am a novice breadmaker. I made this just as the recipe calls for and it was a hit at Thanksgiving dinner. I prepared the dough earlier in the day, let it go through the two rising stages while I did other things. Once the turkey was done & resting before carving, I threw it in for 25-30 minutes and was able to serve it hot! It really doesn't even need butter, either. My italian aunt said, "your grandmother would be so proud!" (I was too!) Enjoy ;) p.s. I do have a tip; The two loaves were on different baking sheets, one dark "non-stick" and the other was on one of the air insulated type sheets. The one on the dark sheet seemed to cook hotter, therefore was on the side of burning on the bottom. I set my timer for 25 minutes to allow time to check, and actually pulled them out at that time. Ovens vary too, so keep an eye out. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was the first homemade bread my daughter and I ever made together and everyone was so impressed with how Good it was! Perfect for Holidays and excellent for a Large Table, makes a much bigger loaf than we expected, but that was fine with us! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I added some anise and lemon extracts and subbed some of the AP flour for whole wheat. Very good! Read More