Braided Egg Bread

Prep Time:
40 min
Cook Time:
20 min
Total Time:
3 hr
Yield:
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.
  7. If substituting White Lily All-Purpose Flour for bread flour, use larger amount.

Nutrition

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.

Baking Tip

When making bread, dissolve yeast in 100°F-110°F liquid. When mixing yeast with flour, use 120°F-130°F liquids. Use a thermometer to check temperature.

Baking Tip

When kneading yeast dough, coat your hands and rolling pin with flour or cooking spray. Add just enough flour to keep dough from sticking.