Braided Egg Bread

Prep Time: 40 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Makes: 2 loaves

Ingredients:

4 1/4 to 4 1/2 cups White Lily® Enriched Unbleached Bread Flour, divided
1 package active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions:

1.COMBINE 2 cups flour and yeast in large bowl. Combine water, sugar, 1/4 cup butter and salt in medium saucepan. Heat until warm (120 to 130°F) and butter is almost melted.
2.ADD butter mixture and egg to flour mixture. Beat at low speed of electric mixer 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat at high speed 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour by hand to make a soft dough. Shape into a ball.
3.SPRAY a large bowl with no-stick cooking spray. Add dough to bowl, turning to coat surface. Cover. Let rise in warm place 1 hour or until double in size.
4.STIR down dough. Place on floured surface; knead until no longer sticky. Divide in half. Divide each half into thirds. Roll each portion into a rope or strand 12 x 2-inches long.
5.COAT a 17 x 12-inch baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray. Braid three strands together to form a loaf directly on the pan, making sure ends of braided loaf are turned under securely. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover. Let rise in warm place 1 hour or until double in size.
6.HEAT oven to 375°F. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush lightly with melted butter.
TIPIf substituting White Lily All-Purpose Flour for bread flour, use larger amount.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Serving Size (1/24), Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 25), Total Fat 2.5g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 100mg, Total Carbohydrate 22g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 3g), Protein 3g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 6%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.