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

Pizza dough can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for 1 month. Prebaked crusts can also be stored in the freezer.

Baking Tip

The amount of flour needed to knead bread dough varies based on the climate or season. Flour absorbs moisture from humid air, and loses moisture to dry air.