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Beautiful Braided Bread Recipe

Beautiful braided bread recipe. How’s that for an alliteration? Somewhat of a work of art, this is one delicious loaf of bread that you almost feel bad about cutting in to…almost.

Two loaves of breaded bread in a pan.

Homemade Braided Bread Loaf Recipe

I say almost, that is, but not quite since it’s just so darn tasty with it’s spongy, soft center and perfectly golden crust. Lightly brushing the dough with an egg and water mixture gives the loaves a beautifully shiny golden finish. Soon after the loaves have cooled a touch, they are lovingly consumed in our household. Afterall, isn’t enjoying freshly baked bread one of life’s little pleasures?

We shared a few homemade bread recipes on the blog such as our grandma’s classic white bread recipe as well as our pull-apart Christmas tree dinner rolls, our Italian loaf recipe, sweet bread buns and homemade dinner rolls.

Braided Bread Recipe

Jane and Sonja
Easy to follow recipe for making to loavs of beautifully braided bread loaves baked to golden perfection.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • Stand mixer


  • 1.5 cups warm milk divided
  • 1.5 tbsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ½ tbsp olive oil


  • Combine yeast ingredients (1.5 tbsp yeast; 0.5 cup warm milk; 1 tsp sugar) in a cup and leave it to sit for a couple of minutes.
  • In the meantime, place flour and salt in a mixing bowl and mix together.
  • Add yeast mixture to flour mixture.
  • Add 1 cup warm milk and oil and continue mixing.
  • Dough needs to be firm so if you find the dough appears sticky, add more flour to firm up the dough.
  • Mix for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove from bowl and knead by hand for 2-3 minutes on a floured surface.
  • Leave for 1 hour covered with a paper towel.
  • Knead again for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Leave for ½ hour covered with a paper towel.
  • When double the size, divide dough into 6 parts for making two loaves in a 9×13 pan.
  • Lengthen the dough to about 25cm long.
  • Work 3 strands and braid the dough loosely together to form one loaf. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Place in a parchment lined pan greased lightly with oil. Separate the two loaves down the center with parchment paper. Grease the loaves on all sides.
  • Brush on one beaten egg with 1 tbsp water.
  • Optional – add sesame seeds over the loaf after brushing on the egg mixture.
  • Add 2-3 cups of water in an oven-safe dish and place inside oven on a separate rack. This will give the bread a shiny appearance.
  • Bake at 385F for 30 minutes. Loaves should be golden colored on to the top.
Keyword bread, white bread
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Laura Boyd

Thursday 14th of April 2022

You still didn’t say what or when do I use the olive oil

Vic Ross

Saturday 4th of December 2021

Which oil do I use, the vegetable or olive? It never specifies, but the recipe calls for both.

Jane and Sonja

Saturday 4th of December 2021

We prefer vegetable oil for baking as olive oil changes the flavor. This recipe is with vegetable oil. Thank you for stopping by! -Jane

Janna GOOD

Sunday 7th of November 2021

When does the second cup of milk come into use!? I've read the recipe a few times. Am I missing something?

Jane and Sonja

Monday 15th of November 2021

Hi Janna, yes, you're right! But actually the bread dough bakes best with 1.5 cups warm milk in total. The first 1/2 cup is added to the yeast mixture and the remaining 1 cup is added to the dough mixture after combining with the dry ingredients. Many thanks for your question!

Diana West

Saturday 21st of August 2021

What are we supposed to do with the 2nd cu. of milk?

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