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Braided Egg Bread

Rated as 4.74 out of 5 Stars

"This makes a very large and impressive loaf. I have used it for large parties."
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3 h 25 m servings 117
Original recipe yields 60 servings (1 large loaf)


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  1. Proof yeast and 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine hot milk, sugar, butter, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl. Cool to 110 degrees.
  3. In small bowl, slightly beat 5 eggs, then add to cooled milk mixture. Add milk mixture to yeast mixture. Add 2 cups flour and beat until smooth. Slowly add remaining flour until it forms a stiff dough. Knead on a floured board for 10 minutes (5 minutes with a bread hook). Place in a large glass or plastic bowl lightly greased. Turn dough over to grease both sides. Cover and let rise in a warm, dark place until doubled in volume, approximately 60 minutes.
  4. Punch down, cover, and let rise again until double, approximately 30 minutes.
  5. Punch again, and form into three parts. Form each part into a 20-inch roll. Braid rolls on a large, greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled.
  6. Lightly beat remaining egg and brush loaf. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for about 55 minutes until nicely browned. May be made into two regular sized loaves. Reduce baking time slightly.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 117 calories; 2.6 19.7 3.4 23 99 Full nutrition

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Awesome recipe. I made one huge loaf and everyone thought it was fake. Mine did not look like the looked like a professional bread, not at all homemade. It had a wonderful, mildl...

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im not sure where i went wrong? i followed the recipe exactly..... anddddd.. its not to my liking. for the time and efforts (and horrible end result), id much sooner buy a loaf from the bakery!

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Awesome recipe. I made one huge loaf and everyone thought it was fake. Mine did not look like the looked like a professional bread, not at all homemade. It had a wonderful, mildl...

Excellent recipe. I saw that another baker thought theirs came out dry. I add four tablespoons of dry potato flakes and it keeps softer longer. Adjusting the flour make make the bread too ligh...

Very, very good!!!! Everything went according to plan. It made two HUGE loaves as big as large cookie sheets. I'm glad I split the dough in half because my oven wouldn't have been big enough ...

Delicious! I only used 9.5 cups of flour instead of 11 and it turned out perfect. It made 2 HUGE loves so split this recipe in two. Definately in my favorites file.

This is a family favorite. Only problem w/ this recipe is that we have no baking pan big enough to make a loaf that huge (who does, except a proffessional bakery?) So I cut the recipe in half ...

If I could have given it 10 stars, I would have! Despite numerous glitches in the preparation of this wonderful bread, it was perfect as it came from the oven! Ease in preparation, long-lasting ...

Just made this bread. I cut the recipe in half since its just me and my husband here to eat it. My bread turned out huge but really yummy. The house smells great too. Haha! I did have to add abo...

Wonderful flavor. For my large family I had to double the batch to bake 2 braids instead of one. (My husband & I have 6 daughters & 11 sons, 7 of our sons live at home ages 23 down to 7. Can the...

Wow! This bread will make you a star in the kitchen. My farm makes this with our fresh products and this sells like crazy. This bread is worth the time and love it takes to prepare it. Don't shy...