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5 from 3 votes

Braided Bread Recipe

Easy to follow recipe for making to loavs of beautifully braided bread loaves baked to golden perfection.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, white bread
Author: Jane and Sonja


  • 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 9x13 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.