Egg Bread Recipes

Egg breads are enriched doughs that need plenty of rising time. Make perfect shiny challah braids, holiday loaves, and brioche with these recipes.

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Braided Egg Bread

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

A Number One Egg Bread

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This makes all other egg breads look weak. I learned the recipe from two older ladies in Hawaii. This makes the best bread pudding and french toast imaginable. Try cutting it in chunks and dipping it in fondue---WOW!

French Brioche

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A rich eggy bread, made easier by preparing the dough in the bread machine.

Miriam's Not-So-Secret Challah

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A surprisingly sweet, yet light, challah that makes any night special. Feel free to knead some raisins into the dough if you like.

Kalacs (Hungarian Cinnamon Swirl Bread)

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My husband's aunt passed along this super-easy recipe for this Hungarian sweet bread, and I made a couple of revisions to my family's taste. Cinnamon, poppy seed, or walnuts are a traditional filling. Her recipe is for cinnamon, but one of my favorite ways is to break from tradition and use a cocoa/sugar/butter/vanilla mixture. It's delicious, especially when the leftovers are toasted and buttered!

Shabbat Challah

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My Shabbat Challah is something out of this world. I made it up on my own, because the ones I tasted, I just didn't like. Try it you will love it!! This can make 6 regular sized loaves, or two large braided loaves.

Challah I

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Traditional egg bread for the Jewish Sabbath. You can add 1 cup raisins or golden raisins to the dough just before shaping and then make the loafs into round braids for Rosh Hashanah.

Portuguese Sweet Bread III

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This is a very old recipe for Portuguese sweet bread. The dough for this egg bread is prepared the night before, left to rise overnight, and then baked the following morning in round cake pans.

Polish Egg Bread

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This recipe came from a friend and it is fantastic. I was in Poland in August and enjoyed the bread there so I was glad when I received this recipe. Everyone asks me for the recipe.


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A fresh brioche can be served with jelly or other preserves to accompany tea or coffee, or with pate or hors d'oeuvre. The tops of the small ones can easily be pulled away, giving space for a sweet or savory filling. Brioche dough can also be used for wrapping other ingredients such as beef for boeuf-en-croute, a salmon filling for a koulibiaca, or a spicy garlic sausage.

Bread Machine Challah II

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Absolutely delicious. I have a two pound bread machine and use it to make the Challah dough. It freezes well.

Easy Challah Bread

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A six-ingredient, simple recipe for Challah bread.

Inspiration and Ideas

Braided Egg Bread

"This had the flavor I was looking for along with a wonderful texture. I made 1/4 of the recipe and shaped it differently, just for a change of pace." – Deb C

Basic Babka

This version has a cinnamon-walnut filling.

Honey Whole Wheat Challah

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Challah, the delicious and beautiful braided bread traditionally served at the Friday night Jewish Sabbath meal, is made with the addition of whole wheat, and sweetened with honey. This slow-rise recipe is designed for flexibility, so split-second timing isn't necessary. This is a wonderful bread for a first-time breadmaker. Braid with a 3 or 4-strand braid, and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds.