Braided Egg Bread
- Prep Time:
- Cook Time:
- Total Time:
- 3 hr
- 2 loaves
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- No-Stick Cooking Spray
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- HEAT oven to 375°F. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush lightly with melted butter.
- If substituting White Lily All-Purpose Flour for bread flour, use larger amount.