Grandma Theda Mae's Braided Egg Bread

Grandma Theda Mae's Braided Egg Bread

Grandma Theda Mae's Braided Egg Bread

If you knew Theda Mae, you know that she loved family, loved entertaining and loved being in the kitchen. I was blessed to call Theda Mae, Grandma. I can remember her cooking lessons, her endless hours in the kitchen and the way she made every guest feel valued with a delicious meal or a delightful dessert. This bread is simple and delicious, and because the dough is rich, many things can be done with it. Serve it for dinner and then make the most delicious french toast the following morning! One Recipe makes 2 braids.

1 1/2 Cups Scalded Milk
1/2 Cup Butter
2 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Packages of Yeast
Pinch of Sugar
1/2 Cup Luke Warm Water
3 Beaten Eggs
Approx. 9 Cups Flour, Sifted
1 Beaten Egg Wash
Sesame Seeds (optional)

Scald milk with the butter, salt, and sugar. Let the milk cool for 5 minutes or more. Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water, with a pinch of sugar.  Let the yeast mixture stand until it bubbles , about 5 minutes.  Whisk 3 eggs until beaten. In a mixer, with a dough hook, add your whisked eggs, warm milk mixture. Once that is luke warm, add the yeast mixture and blend together. Gradually add the flour, beating it in thoroughly. Do not add any more flour than necessary to make an easy handled dough, as the bread should be light and tender. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough and turn onto a lightly floured board. Divide you're dough in half. Then divide each of your halves into thirds. Gently knead each of the thirds and then roll each piece into a long tube like shape (each of these pieces of dough will be one strand in your braid).

Let the braiding begin. Line up 3 tubes of dough. Starting with one end, pinch all three ends together and begin braiding your loaf. Once your braid is complete pinch the loose ends together and tuck them under. Place each loaf on a lightly greased cookie sheet . Brush with  beaten egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional). Let the loafs raise again until they are doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 Min, or until golden brown.

Enjoy!