Sweet Braided Bread


A deliciously sweet and rich bread that is braided for a beautiful centerpiece on the table. Add rainbow sprinkles for a more festive look.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
2 braided loaves


  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • cup warm water

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup margarine, melted

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup light cream, warmed

  • ½ cup cold light cream

  • 7 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • cooking spray


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl. Beat eggs and egg yolk together in a small bowl. Scoop out 2 tablespoons of beaten egg; keep refrigerated.

  2. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F (75 degrees C).

  3. Combine sugar, margarine, and salt in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly until dissolved. Add warm and cool cream to the bowl. Stir in yeast mixture. Beat in eggs. Add flour 1 cup at a time, blending well between additions.

  4. Turn dough out onto a floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Spray a clean bowl with cooking spray. Place dough inside and spray the top.

  5. Cover dough with a dish cloth. Turn off oven and place dough inside. Allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  6. Remove dough from the bowl and knead for 2 to 3 minutes. Split in half; split each half into thirds. Roll each section of dough into long, 24-inch snakes. Braid 3 together, making sure to secure the ends. Repeat with the remaining 3 sections.

  7. Reheat the oven to 170 degrees F (75 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Transfer braids to the cookie sheet.

  8. Turn off oven. Let braids rise in the warm oven for 45 minutes.

  9. Remove braids from the oven and brush with reserved beaten egg. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  10. Bake braids in the preheated oven until tops are golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.

Cook's Note:

You can keep the braid straight or join the ends together into a wreath shape.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
10g Fat
37g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 79mg 2%

* 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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