Golden Egg Loaves (or Braids)

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This is a rich and soft loaf suitable for sandwiches or slicing for use in a bread pudding, overnight egg bake, or French toast. It is equally good fresh out of the oven with butter and jam.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees F/43 to 46 degrees C)

  • 6 tablespoons honey

  • 1 ½ tablespoons active dry yeast

  • 6 cups bread flour, divided, or more as needed

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 4 eggs

  • 3 tablespoons vital wheat gluten

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon salt

Directions

  1. Combine water, honey, and yeast in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let sit until mixture becomes foamy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Pour 3 cups flour, olive oil, eggs, wheat gluten, and butter into the yeast mixture; mix on speed 2 (or low speed) in the stand mixer until flour mixture is incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt and 3 cups flour and mix on speed 2 until flour is incorporated into the dough. If dough is pulling away from the sides of the bowl, continue mixing, 5 to 7 minutes. If dough is still sticky, add 1/4 cup flour at a time and knead for 2 minutes after each addition until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl; mix for 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Grease a large bowl.

  4. Transfer dough to greased bowl and cover with a damp towel. Set aside in a warm area of the kitchen until dough has doubled in size, 60 to 90 minutes.

  5. Punch down dough and divide into 2 loaves. Place each dough half into a 9x5-inch loaf pan or on a baking sheet. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  7. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers an internal temperature of 200 degrees F (93 degrees C), 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
5g Fat
30g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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