Braided Sesame Seed Bread

Recipe by AmyZoe
READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 10-12




  • Into hot milk, stir sugar, salt, and 1/2 cup butter.
  • Cool to lukewarm.
  • Sprinkle yeast over warm water in bowl.
  • Stir to dissolve.
  • Stir in lukewarm milk mixture.
  • Add 2 eggs and 3 cups flour and beat at high speed for 2 minutes.
  • With a wooden spoon gradually beat in 3 1/2 cups flour and mix with hand until dough is stiff enough to leave the side of the bowl.
  • Knead for 10 minutes or until elastic.
  • Place dough in lightly greased large bowl.
  • Turn dough over to bring up greased side.
  • Cover with towel and let rise for 1 1/2 hours in warm place.
  • Divide dough in half and cut each half into thirds.
  • Roll each third into 26" long strips.
  • Braid three strips and pinch ends together.
  • On a large greased cookie sheet, form braid into a ring (6 inches in diameter).
  • Mix egg with 2 tablespoons water and brush top.
  • Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
  • Let rise 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Brush with rest of egg mixture and put sesame or poppy seeds on top.
  • Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown.