This makes a very large and impressive loaf. I have used it for large parties.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
55 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
1 large loaf
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Proof yeast and 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl.

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  • Combine hot milk, sugar, butter, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl. Cool to 110 degrees.

  • 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.

  • Punch down, cover, and let rise again until double, approximately 30 minutes.

  • 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.

  • 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

117 calories; protein 3.4g 7% DV; carbohydrates 19.7g 6% DV; fat 2.6g 4% DV; cholesterol 23.3mg 8% DV; sodium 99.5mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2007
Awesome recipe. I made one huge loaf and everyone thought it was fake. Mine did not look like the picture...it looked like a professional bread, not at all homemade. It had a wonderful, mildly sweet taste. One hint...if you braid for one large loaf, remove your top oven rack. This thing comes to life once it starts baking. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/21/2011
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! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 129
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2007
Awesome recipe. I made one huge loaf and everyone thought it was fake. Mine did not look like the picture...it looked like a professional bread, not at all homemade. It had a wonderful, mildly sweet taste. One hint...if you braid for one large loaf, remove your top oven rack. This thing comes to life once it starts baking. Read More
(77)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2006
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 light to hold up. Traditionally I make Challah with one huge braid on the bottom and tuck a tiny braid of four strands onto the top. I also use a bit of yellow food coloring to enhance the 'egg bread' appearance. Using an egg wash over the top after rising makes the loaf shiny and helps the sesame seeds to stick. Great entry! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2003
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 otherwise! LOL I gave the extra loaf to my neighbor and she loved it and thought it was too pretty to cut. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2008
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 and the loaf fits nicely on an average size pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2009
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 freshness delightful taste and texture have made this a real keeper at my house. What did I do wrong you ask? Well I down-sized it to one loaf but failed to notice that the measurements in the body of the preparation instructions weren't changed. When I saw 'add 1/2 c water ' I did; and then realized I had gone by the original size. Oops! So I changed it to make 2 loaves...mistake # 2 was assuming I had enough flour for the bigger quantity...Had to make a quick run for another bag of the white stuff...despite these 'operator errors ' my bread turned out beautifully and I got rave reviews from all of the friends and family who ate it...even 4 days later. It makes fantastic French toast too. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2008
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 about another 1/2 cup of flour because it was still too sticky and did forget to save an egg to make an egg wash but it still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2006
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 they ever eat especially homemade bread from scratch! (Thank goodness for our double oven - we bake one braid in the top oven & the other braid in the lower oven.) This is a pretty bread that is perfect any time of the year. It is a nice variety from traditional loaf bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2011
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 away. I work the entire recipe by hand and it produces beautiful results. I like the tip about throwing in a tablespoon of instant potato flakes. When this gets out of the oven I like taking honey butter and rubbing it into the loaf. The shine with the egg white and the aroma makes those passing by weak at the knees! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/21/2011
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! Read More
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