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HEAVEN is all I can say this bread is! I saw a picture of it and thought “interesting, I want to make a braid bread” other than that I had no idea what it was. Well I looked into it a little like I do most new recipes I want to make. It is a jewish sweet bread that they eat at special times. It can be plain, have poppy seeds on it, or raisins in it. Well I made a plain one to start, and here is the best recipe I found!

3/4 Cup milk
2 eggs (one additional if you are making a eggwash to brush on bread)
3 tbls margarine or butter
3c bread flour ( you can use all-purpose)
1/4 c white sugar, you can add 1-2 more tablespoons to make it a little sweeter like I do!
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

I again use my bread maker to mix this. I put the ingredients in according to the bread machine directions. My machine allows it to rise 2 times. I take it out and punch it down to get all the air out. Then we cut the dough into 3 equal sections.

With flour on our hands were going to roll the dough sections into logs…now after you get a log, make the very ends more flat and pulled out. You do this by applying pressure only to the ends and push outward a little ONLY ON THE VERY ENDS. This helps to pinch the ends together in the breading phase.
Now were going to braid!!
Pinch the pinched ends tother at one end.
Now were going to bring the outside left over the middle.
(I took a second break to play peek-a-boo with my son who loves to be in the kitchen with me when I bake)
Follwed by the outside right over the middle, and continue that way done to the ends! Which we then pinch those ends together as well! Tuck the pinched ends under the loaf and place on a pan rubbed with butter.
Let rise about 30-45 mins.
Brush with eggwash.
Put it in the oven on 350 for 20-30 mins until nice and golden!
The kids love this step, the smell and watching it rise!
Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!!
To help me know how to bread the bread I went on you tube and watched Karen from expert village show me how to braid the bread!


Homemade French Bread

Everyone LOVES bread, and if they don’t, then they should! Im obsessed with bread! I found myself buying a $2 loaf of bread from the bakery at my Price chopper about 3 times a week! A WEEK! I realized that is $6 a week, $24 a month! And what was there was what I had to choose from, hard or burnt that was what I could get! Well, for less than a dollar, around 80 cents, you can easily make your own HOMEMADE bread, and get the satisfaction of making it yourself and saving money!

  • 2 tbsp Active Dry yeast.
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tsp. salt (can substitute garlic salt)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 5 cups flour , Bread flour is best, but you can use all-purpose.
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or substitute butter or margarine)
I use a bread maker to mix my ingredients. I just add all the ingredients  EXCEPT THE CORNMEAL, according to the directions of my maker. My machine mixes, allows it to rise, punches it down, and then allows it to rise again.
I take the dough out and put it on a WEll floured surface to prepare to roll it out and make the loaves!
I first cut the dough in half, and then roll out the dough into a rectangle about 8×10
I then roll the dough to make a long log, Tuck the ends of the logs under the loaf.
I use lowfat butter to prepare the pan for baking buy just rubbing it onto the pan, now we sprinkle cornmeal onto the buttered pans.
and place the dough loaves onto the pan for the final rise.
Cover the loaves with a moist tea-towel or with Suran wrap or foil to keep from drying out! Place in a warm place for 45 min to rise and double in size!
Cut 3 or 4 SHALLOW slits in the breads about a inch apart.
Break a egg into a bowl and add a splash of water to it (about a tsp), and glaze the bread tops.
Place in the Pre-heated oven at 375 for about 20 mins. Or until desired brownness.
And shabam! Yummy easy homemade bread, you can make with the kids!
Just add a meal and you have the perfect dinner bread to go along with it!
Once you have the basics down you can make tons of breads, we love to make rosemary bread to go with a whole chicken dinner, were attempting tomato basil bread next! STAY TUNED

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