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Braided Bread & Dinner Rolls

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Braided Bread & Dinner Rolls

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When I'm having a large group of people over I often serve bread either as a braided loaf or dinner rolls. Braided loaves makes it easy to pass around and everyone just tears off whatever portion they want. A loaf of rolls gives the same advantages and in a more uniform package.

Here's how I do each. I'm using a simple and delicious herb bread recipea family favorite.

Recipe: Herb Bread
Yield: 2 loaves

1½ cups milk
2 tablespoons dry yeast
¼ cup sugar
½ cup warm water
1 tablespoon salt
¼ cup shortening
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon ground sage
3 eggs slightly beaten, reserve 1 tablespoon
7½ cups flour (approx.)

Scald milk. Stir in the sugar, salt, celery seeds, and sage; allow to cool.
Dissolve the yeast in the ½ cup warm water.
Combine the cooled milk mixture, the dissolved yeast, shortening, and eggs with 3 cups of the flour. Beat by hand or with mixer until smooth.
Mix in remaining flour, a few cups at a time, adding more if necessary to form a semi-soft dough.
Knead 8-10 minutes.
Allow to rise 1-1½ hours. Punch dough down and allow to rise 45 minutes more.
Divide dough in half if making braids, and thirds if making loaf breads. Let rest for 15 minutes.
For  loaves, shape and place into 3 greased bread pans. Let rise until doubled. Place in preheated oven at 400° and bake for 30-35 minutes.
For braided bread, braid and place on greased cookie sheets and allow to rise until doubled.
Mix 1 tablespoon of water with the reserved egg and brush onto braids before baking. Sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds if desired.
Bake in preheated oven at 400° for 25-30 minutes.
Cool on racks.

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Divide your dough into 2 equal portions. Set one aside.

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With the first lump of dough I'm making dinner rolls.
Roll the dough out into a log to more easily divide the dough.


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Divide into 3 mini-logs.

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Divide your min-logs into 3 parts.

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Cut each part into thirds once again.

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Shape into balls and place in pan. Set aside to rise.

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To make the braid work the dough into a log once again.

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Divide it into 3 parts.

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Round them up and roll each one into an 18" rope.

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Here's one rope done.

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Three ropes and you're ready to braid.

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First, pinch 2 ropes together at one end.

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Next, take the third rope and lay it between your first 2 ropes, overlapping the pinched end.

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Pinch into the bottom to complete a nicely shaped end.

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Now separate your ropes to make handling them easier.

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Take the rope on your right and cross it over the center rope.
This rope now becomes the new center rope.


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Next, take the left rope and cross it over the center rope.

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Keeping the braid loose I repeat the steps:
Right rope over center rope,
left rope over center rope,
right rope over center rope...


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until only an inch or so remains.

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Now stretch the bottom rope over the others and pinch underneath to seal.

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Gently lift and place your braid on a greased cookie sheet.

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Risen and ready for the final touches before baking.


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Brush a mixture of egg and water over your loaf.
This gives you a shiny finish and allows the seeds to set.


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On the braid I used poppy seeds.

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And on the rolls, sesame seeds.

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Delicious!

post #2 of 10

Looks wonderful!!  What time is dinner  wink

chickens, ducks,, seasonal cornish X, horses,  sheep, a milk cow, asnd a milk goat, dogs,  cats, and eggs in the 'bator.. And the greatest family in the world!
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chickens, ducks,, seasonal cornish X, horses,  sheep, a milk cow, asnd a milk goat, dogs,  cats, and eggs in the 'bator.. And the greatest family in the world!
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post #3 of 10

Frugal -- Your thread is amazing! droolin Thank you for sharing it with us. With Lenten soup suppers starting at our church, I've been wanting to do a bread recipe with a little more pizzaz and I now even know how to do a braid. Thank you for sharing!

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Michele.

post #4 of 10

Beautiful breads, Frugal!

Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
Chicken Tender of 20 years

 

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post #5 of 10

That looks wonderful and the instructions with pictures is just what I've been looking for. clap

I'm so tempted to make this now but we have the house up for sale and are moving in a couple of weeks idunno
Hmmm Should I mess up the picture perfect kitchen ( for visitors)
or wait...not to mention digging all my stuff out of the packed boxes that are ready to go gig . This is so tempting! barnie

 

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post #6 of 10

Besides the fact that the bread looks absolutely scrumptious, I like that it's a MAN baking it!!!  Wish someone could teach my DH to do that!!!!  Good for You!!! clap

Citygirl loving country living with DH and my 3 children!  It's our own little "farm" on 2acres in Eastern Nebraska.  1 quarter horses-Skipper, Jack our Black Lab, Lucy grey farm cat,4 kittens, 3 Khaki Campbell ducks & a pair of Sebbies!
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Citygirl loving country living with DH and my 3 children!  It's our own little "farm" on 2acres in Eastern Nebraska.  1 quarter horses-Skipper, Jack our Black Lab, Lucy grey farm cat,4 kittens, 3 Khaki Campbell ducks & a pair of Sebbies!
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post #7 of 10

Awesome picture recipe story!!  Thank you so much for sharing smile  I'm starving right now, and those pictures definitely did not quiet my growling stomach gig

One Loving husband, three boys, one girl...and a Full coop!
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post #8 of 10

I could almost smell that bread droolin

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Wife/Mother/Grandmother/Mini Farmer to 4 barking dogs, 7 spoiled Assorted Chickens, 1 White turkey, to many RingNeck Pheasants to count..........and lovin' every minute of it <3
Proud to be an American & an independant Fundamental Baptist....
A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.
http://thecoblerscorner.blogspot.com
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by toletiquesbysam 

Besides the fact that the bread looks absolutely scrumptious, I like that it's a MAN baking it!!!  Wish someone could teach my DH to do that!!!!  Good for You!!! clap


Thanks for the kinds words everyone.

Eating is a basic necessity of life. Every man should know how to cook and cook well. Tell your DH that the kitchen is just another workshop.

post #10 of 10

The braided is so beautiful and elegant. 

My next guests will get a braided loaf.  Thanks for posting this!!

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