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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 pretty much devoured in our household. After all, 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 20 votes
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 24 slices
Calories 101 kcal


  • Stand mixer


  • 2 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;1 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 40cm 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.


Calories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 0.001mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bread, white bread
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Monday 26th of June 2023

We used all ingredients and followed it well and it turned out great. It is two cups a milk by the way. We did have to add a teaspoon of flour to the recipe. The key is to mix the dough with flour as you are rolling it.


Friday 24th of February 2023

Mine came out perfect!!! Wondering if it can be made gluten free ???


Monday 6th of February 2023

Attempting now! I did half AP flour half Bread flour and added an egg into my dough. Had to add 4 spoonfuls of flour to get it to come together correctly. When you have it rise, is it correct in reading leave out on the floured surface with a paper towel (not moistened) on top? I’m so used to rising bread dough in a greased bowl with Saran Wrap or warm moist towel on top to keep moisture in.

Might change it up a bit but will post again with results


Thursday 26th of January 2023

How do you add filling to it?

Leigh Simmons

Sunday 12th of March 2023

@Andrea, I added two cups of cheese as well as 4 tablespoons of butter at room temperature. I incorporated the butter before the yeast, and the cheese in with the addition of the 2 cup of butter.

Jane and Sonja

Sunday 29th of January 2023

Hi Andrea, we haven't tried adding a filling to this bread, what sort of filling were you wanting to add?

Rita Marasa

Friday 20th of January 2023

Not going to try this. Please offer gram measurements as an option. Plus…what happened to the milk? Baking is a science.


Friday 21st of July 2023

@Rita Marasa, baking is easy and the instructions were clear. Made a beautiful loaf.

Jane and Sonja

Sunday 29th of January 2023

Hi there Rita, thankyou for your comment! Unfortunately, we don't have the measurements in grams as an option at this stage. As for the milk, it is divided and added to the yeast mixture and then the balance is added to the dough alternatvely with the oil.

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