Braided Sweet Bread

A beautiful fragrant loaf infused with lemon and cardamom.  Braided Sweet Bread is an Easter tradition at our house, and it also makes the most wonderful French Toast!  Give it a try, it’s as easy as braiding your hair!

In a small saucepan, whisk together the following ingredients over low heat.   Continue stirring just until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.  Do not boil.  Set aside to cool.

  • 1-1/3 cups 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

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Whisk together 4-1/2 cups bread flour and 2-1/4 tsp. active dry yeast.  When the milk mixture has cooled to room temperature, combine it with the flour, yeast and one beaten egg.  Knead the dough on speed 2 for 5 minutes.  It will be smooth and supple.

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Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, turning to coat.

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Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

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When the dough has doubled, divide it into 3 equal portions.  Gently roll each portion into a long rope, about 20″ long and 1-1/2″ wide.  Lay the ropes side by side on a cutting board.  Now braid the dough, and tuck the ends underneath.

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Transfer the braid to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, or use a non-stick baking mat.  Cover the braid with plastic wrap and allow it to rise for another 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375º.  Just before baking, whisk together 1 tbsp. of egg white with a little water.  Brush over the entire loaf and bake on the middle rack for 25 minutes.

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Isn’t that gorgeous?  Transfer the loaf to a rack and cool completely.  This large beautiful loaf will feed a crowd!  Did I mention that it makes great French toast?


The crumb!

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