Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

My family loves this bread -- it's light as a feather and the crust is incredibly crisp and flavorful! I make the dough in my bread machine, then braid it, and bake it in the oven.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Put ingredients in bread machine according to your manufacturer's directions and put on 'dough cycle.' Don't throw the egg white away -- you will use it to brush the loaf with later.
  2. Once the ingredients are mixed, check the consistency if you can. I usually let the machine pause for about 20 minutes for the 'autolyse'.
  3. You can make two smaller braids or one large one. I love a six-braided loaf! (Check some bread cookbooks for directions -- too difficult to explain how to braid into six pieces without pictures!) For a nice structure, divide into pieces, and then flatten each piece into a free--form rectangle about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. Roll up each piece, and gently pull to elongate into ropes, and braid.
  4. Let rise about 45 minutes. Mix one egg white with 1 teaspoons water and brush over bread. Top with seeds, if desired. Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes, depending on the thickness of the loaf (loaves).
  5. To keep the crust crisp, store cut end down on a breadboard, not in a plastic bag.
  6. Enjoy!

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This was fantastic! I made this for our Easter/Spring celebration and it went fast! I didn't have any bread enhancer, potato flakes or wheat germ, so I left those out and put in a little extra whole wheat flour instead. I made two smaller simple braided loaves -- one with sesame seeds and one with poppy seeds -- and put the seeds on the bottom as well as the top (I did this by sprinkling the seeds on the baking sheet before I put on the loaves).

Mom of picky eaters and vegetarians April 04, 2010

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