St. Joseph's Day Bread

Recipe by Dee514
READY IN: 2hrs 55mins




  • In a small bowl, combine the water, yeast, shortening, sugar, oil and salt.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • In a large mixer bowl, put 2 1/2 cups of the flour, add liquid (yeast) mixture.
  • Beat by hand or on low speed of electric mixer until all ingredients are well blended.
  • Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in with a spoon.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (about 6-8 minutes of kneading).
  • Shape dough into a ball and place it into a lightly greased bowl.
  • Turn dough once to grease all surfaces.
  • Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled (about 40-60 minutes).
  • Punch down dough, and divide it into 6 equal pieces.
  • Cover it and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Roll each piece (by hand) into a 12 inch long rope.
  • Using 3 ropes for each loaf, braid the dough and secure the ends of the braid by tucking the ends underneath.
  • Place the braids on greased baking sheets.
  • Cover the braids, and let rise until nearly doubled (about 30-45 minutes).
  • Brush top and sides of loaves with the beaten egg.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake in a 400°F oven for 25 minutes, or until bread tests done and is golden brown.
  • Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.