This Easy Braided White Bread recipe is so simple and absolutely delicious. The loaf is so quick to make, is so soft, and may be enjoyed as savory bread or sweet bread with butter or jam.

Braided bread recipe with jam, butter and milk.

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braided bread recipe-

This homemade white-braided bread recipe is really great! Not only is it simple to make, but it’s so beautiful when served. This bread loaf is great for around the holidays and family gatherings. It is so soft and airy in texture and always a hit.


Don’t be intimidated by this recipe. It is much easier to make than it looks.

Prepare the bread dough:

  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl, and create a well in the center of the flour.
  2. Pout the warm milk into a well.
  3. Add the salt and stir.
  4. Sprinkle the yeast over the liquids and then the sugar over the yeast. Cover the bowl and allow the yeast to activate and become foamy (about 3-5 minutes).
  5. Add a whisked egg into the liquids and stir.
  6. Mix until the dough is lumpy.
  7. Transfer onto a floured working surface. Knead the dough for 6-8 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  8. Lightly grease a bowl and add the bread dough. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size.
Step by step collage on how to make homemade bread dough.


  1.  Gently divide the dough into three parts. Roll out each part into about 15-inch ropes. TIP: It’s easiest to roll out by starting with both hands in the middle of the rope and pulling out as you roll.
  2. Place the three ropes together. Braid loosely, tucking edges under the braid.
  3. Once braided, stretch the middle out gently. Brush the top of the bread braid with oil or water and cover loosely with plastic wrap. (I like to lightly spray the plastic wrap with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick to the dough once it’s being removed.) You can also just use a large kitchen towel.
  4. Allow the braid to rise another 45 minutes until the bread doubles.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  6. Whisk egg yolk and water for egg wash. Generously brush the braid, and sprinkle with poppy seed (optional).
  7. Bake the bread braid 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
Step by step collage on how to form and bread the twisted bread dough.

how to serve braided bread?

What I love most about this easy-braided bread recipe is that it is so versatile. You can enjoy the bread with creamy potato soup or dip it into homemade alfredo. as savory bread.

Enjoy the bread with a hot cup of tea or coffee with:

  • Nutella (hazelnut spread)
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter
  • Butter and your favorite jam (raspberry, strawberry or apricot)
Great braided bread recipe sliced.

Can I freeze bread?

Yes, this bread loaf may easily be frozen for up to 3 months.

  • TO FREEZE: Allow the bread to completely cool and freeze in a freezer bag.
  • TO THAW: That bread overnight in the fridge. For a fresh bread taste, heat the bread in the microwave for a few seconds or place it in the oven and reheat.


Easy Braided Bread Recipe

Author: Valentina
4.75 from 8 votes
Homemade braided bread recipe. This easy bread loaf is so beautiful when served and so airy and soft. The perfect white bread loaf recipe.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rise time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, measured then sifted
  • 3/4 cup water, warmed to 110°F
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, warmed to 110°F
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • poppy seed or sesame seed, optional


how to make braided bread dough-

  • Sift flour into a large bowl and create a well in the center.
  • Pout the milk and water in to the well.
  • Add salt to water, lightly stir. Sprinkle yeast over top of water and sprinkle sugar over yeast. Let the yeast active, until it becomes foamy and activates, 3-5 minutes.
  • Add in the whisked egg and stir to combine. Mix everything until dough is lumpy.
  • Transer onto a floured surface and knead 6-8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and flour is well combined.
  • Lightly grease bowl with cooking spray. Place dough into bowl. Cover the bowl and allow to rise 1 hour.

how to braid bread-

  • Gently, divide dough into three equal parts.
  • Roll out each part into about 15-inch ropes.
  • Braid the dough loosely, tucking edges under the braid. Once braided, stretch the middle out gently.
  • Brush top of braid with oil or water and cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Whisk egg yolk and water. Brush braid with the egg wash, sprinkle with poppy seed (optional).
  • Bake braid 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.


1642kcal Calories317g Carbs52g Protein15g Fat5g Saturated Fat365mg Cholesterol4770mg Sodium619mg Potassium12g Fiber28g Sugar596IU Vitamin A173mg Calcium19mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Braided Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1642 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 365mg122%
Sodium 4770mg207%
Potassium 619mg18%
Carbohydrates 317g106%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 596IU12%
Calcium 173mg17%
Iron 19mg106%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)