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Braided Bread & Dinner Rolls

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by frugal, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. frugal

    frugal Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 recipe—a 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!
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks wonderful!! What time is dinner [​IMG]
     
  3. wishin4chicken

    wishin4chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Frugal -- Your thread is amazing! [​IMG] 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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  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Beautiful breads, Frugal!
     
  5. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks wonderful and the instructions with pictures is just what I've been looking for. [​IMG]

    I'm so tempted to make this now but we have the house up for sale and are moving in a couple of weeks [​IMG]
    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 [​IMG] . This is so tempting! [​IMG]
     
  6. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Nebraska
    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!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
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    Awesome picture recipe story!! Thank you so much for sharing [​IMG] I'm starving right now, and those pictures definitely did not quiet my growling stomach [​IMG]
     
  8. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    I could almost smell that bread [​IMG]
     
  9. frugal

    frugal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: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.
     
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    The braided is so beautiful and elegant.

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

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