You know what my bread and butter is? Bread and butter.
I first attempted this recipe for braided bread a few weeks ago (I probably would have made a post for it a few weeks ago, but prolonged technical difficulties prevented it.) I unearthed it over at Made and decided it would be a nice compliment to a pot of soup. Boy, was it ever! The bread could not have turned out lovlier (twas not only delicious, but pretty, too), and was a tremendous hit with the family. I have already made it again a few times.
If I gave stars to recipes, this one would get the max amount. You gotta try it.
Makes two loaves
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 ½ tsp yeast (or one yeast packet)
- 1 T sugar
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 T butter
- 2 ½ cups flour
1 ¾-2 cups more flour
Stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar. Set aside for about 10 minutes to rise.
Combine hot water, salt, sugar and butter and mix well. Once the yeast has risen, add 2 1/2 C flour, egg and yeast. Mix.
Add 1 3/4 C more flour and mix until a ball forms. Knead dough 5-6 minutes on a hard surface.
Punch dough down and let it rest for 10 minutes. Using a knife, divide dough in half. Starting with one ball, divide into 3 pieces and roll each into a rope about 14 inches long. Pinch the 3 ropes together at one end, braid, and pinch together at other end.
Whisk together 1 egg and 1 T water. Brush over tops and sides of the braids.
Heat oven to 350. Bake bread for 14-18 minutes, or until they just start to turn golden brown. Let sit 5-10 minutes before cutting.