Monday, October 10, 2011

Braided Sweet Bread.


Since I have upped my exercise I have found myself more hungry than I used to be. I have decided to combat that today by baking.  Sounds silly right? It is more calories burned and I don't have to eat what I have baked. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

I have also found that while I feel hungry more it takes less to satisfy me. Awesomeness right?

So I saw some sweetbread recipes on pintrest and decided I wanted to make bread. I did not like the recipes I found. they contained ingredients I did not have like lemon zest or way too much of what I have like 12 eggs.

I did finally find a wonderful little recipe for braided sweet bread. It looked amazing. And it looked like what I wanted. So I made it.

Here is the recipe.


  1. Mix together water, warm milk, and yeast.
  2. Add melted margarine, sugar, salt and flour.
  3. Knead dough, place in bowl, cover and let rise in warm place 1 hour.
  4. Divide dough into 6 parts.
  5. Shape dough into 6 long pieces (length of baking sheet).
  6. On baking sheet, braid 3 of the pieces together like you would hair, then braid remaining 3 pieces 
  7. Cover and let raise 1 more hour.
  8. Brush beaten egg on top and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.


So I combined the milk into a pot with the water. I set this to warm.

While that happened I combined the sugar salt and flour.
And melted the margarine. Normally I would use Butter but it is what the recipe calls for....
In the meantime I had heated up the milk way too hot for yeast to live in. So I poured it into the mixing bowl and went and did some cleaning. When I came back it was the perfect temperature.

I then added the yeast to the milk and water mixture. I took a pic while the mixer was going.

Then I added the margarine.

Then the flour sugar& salt mixture.
This is the point where I started to forget I needed to take pictures. Sorry. Next time I make this I promise to come back and ass pictures of the steps I forgot.

It seemed a little too tacky still so I added another half cup of flour.  then I set it to rest all covered.

This is what it looked like inside the bowl.

Please forgive me I forgot to take pics after it rose and the whole braiding process.

I rolled it out and it was really easy like working with playdoh.

Here it is all braided.
I covered it and let it rise an hour.
Here it is an hour later.

Then i beat an egg. (it was naughty) and brushed it on the bread.

It's all shiney!

Then I baked it at 350 for 30 minutes.

I forgot to take a picture after it came right out of the oven.

I did frost it with some cream cheese frosting while it was still hot.
Looks good right?

The verdict. Was super easy to make. (I say that a lot) Smells wonderful. Tastes better.

I think next time I might add raisins or other fruit. I may even braid in some cherry pie filling.

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