A Simple Braided Bread

Recipe by Papa Di
READY IN: 2hrs 25mins




  • Thaw frozen bread until it can be cut in half (lengthwise) with a sharp knife, but has not started to rise.
  • Take the halves and roll them out to about 16 inches in length and about 1 inch in diameter. The length and width are not that important, but they should all be the same length and width.
  • Braid 3 of the halves together to make 2 loaves. Tuck the ends under so they will stay together and not burn.
  • Place the loaves on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and coated with corn meal. The corn meal is not necessary but addes that homemade look.
  • Brush the egg wash on the bread and sprinkle with the poppy or sesame seeds.
  • Let rise until double in size (Appr. 45 min.).
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place loaves in the center of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bread tapped sounds hollow. Option--at the end of 15 minutes turn the bread around. This insures even browning.
  • Remove the bread from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  • Note: I make this bread at Christmas time and give them to friends along with homemade cookies and candy.