Braided Sweet Bread

Braided Sweet Bread is perfect for Easter Morning

This recipe makes 2 braids or make one braid and the rest of the dough into Cinnamon rolls to slice up and bake.                                                                                                                       

3 Tbsp Yeast
3/4 cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Salt
2  cup Bread flour
Put all the above in a bowl

Next stir in
2 1/2 cups warmed milk and
3/4 cup softened Butter.
Stir around a bit to wet it all and then using a mixer beat in
2 Eggs
Now beat to mix all together well.

Now I switch to my dough hook and add in
2 cups  Hard wheat flour (can use white flour)
2 tsp  Cinnamon
Then as its kneading in mixer with dough hook I add about
3 – 4 cups more of Bread flour.

You want a nice smooth but slightly sticky dough.   Let dough rise in bowl until doubled, then punch and cut in half.  Now using half the dough at a time, take one half and cut it into 3 pieces. Now roll each piece into a long rope (I’m guessing about 15″ or so – however long your rope pcs are is how long your bread braid will be).

Now take 3 ropes of dough and simply braid them together. Lay the braid onto a greased cookie sheet. Push in 5 raw eggs to hold the place for the decorated ones later, cover with towel and let rise until puffy and light.  Bake risen braid with eggs in place, at 350 for 20 min or until done.  Remove baked eggs
and discard.  Repeat with other half of dough (or roll rest of dough out into a rectangle,  brush with butter and sprinkle on cinn& sugar,  roll up jelly roll style and slice into cinnamon rolls,  put in greased pan, cover & let rise and bake into cinnamon rolls).  The braid can also be shaped into a circle so instead of a long braided bread it would be a braided wreath, it’s pretty to serve as a wreath also.

After bread is baked but before its completely cool brush top of bread with butter to keep crust soft and then cool completely.  Just before serving place your decorated eggs into the egg places on the bread.  Glaze the bread with a powder sugar and water glaze if desired.

We decorated our eggs just by using some letter stickers and an egg dye kit from the store. Hard boil your eggs and let them cool.  Wipe your eggs with a paper towel to Be sure your eggs are completely dry so stickers will stick good to the shells.  Using an Egg dying kit,  Dye eggs according to package directions.  When eggs are dyed remove the letter stickers and you’ll have pretty eggs to place in your bread braid for serving.
                Have a Lovely Easter!