Easy Braided White Bread (VIDEO)

This Easy Braided White Bread recipe is so simple and delicious. The loaf is quick to make and is soft and works great as a savory bread or sweet bread with butter or jam.

Enjoy this bread loaf with an easy chicken casserole, side salad and dessert of course.

Braided bread recipe with jam, butter and milk.

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What I love about this particular braided bread recipe is that you can enjoy it with a meal or soup or as a sweet bread with a cup of hot tea. When serving the bread as a sweet bread try these toppings:

  • Nutella (hazelnut spread)
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter
  • Butter and your favorite jam (raspberry, strawberry or apricot)
Simple bread recipe with step by step pictures.

simple bread recipe

For most Slavic people, bread is a must with just about every meal (by every meal I mean breakfast, lunch and dinner, haha). I think if I offered my dad soup or a main dish and not set out some bread with it, he’d be pretty confused as to why there is no bread and would not start eating. Growing up with that kind of a mindset, I find myself having freshly baked bread at our home all the time as well.  Since bread is so often on the menu, I try to have many simple bread recipes that I go to, especially white bread recipes. The easier the recipe, the better! 🙂

white bread recipe

There are so many different bread recipes around the world. I love trying new bread recipes, bagels, and baguette recipes. There are different styles, flavors, and seasonings added to bread. But there is nothing better than homemade bread. The smell of bread cooking in the kitchen as the aroma fills the house is a smell I think everyone should experience and enjoy on a regular basis. This bread was inspired by the popular Jewish recipe, the Challah bread. It’s not your traditional water and yeast bread. The added milk and egg gives it a unique taste and softness. It stays fresh longer as well.

You can use sesame seed instead of the poppy seed if desired.

Great braided bread recipe sliced.

Can I freeze bread?

This bread dough recipe is such a fun recipe. I love the look of the bread when braided. Sometimes I double the portion and make two loaves, then, I slice a loaf and freeze it in a Ziploc freezer bag. When I’m really busy and don’t have time to bake and don’t have fresh bread on hand, I just thaw this bread. I even throw it in a preheated oven for a few minutes. It tastes like this recipe just came out of the oven. #Winner!

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Easy Braided White Bread

Easy braided white bread recipe. An easy yeast and milk recipe for soft bread topped with poppy seed. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Rise time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread recipe
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 1641kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup water, very warm
  • 1/4 cup milk, very warm
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • poppy seed or sesame seed, optional

Instructions

  • Sift flour into a large bowl. In the center of the flour make an opening (pushing flour to the sides).
  • In a small bowl, combine the water and milk. Pour into the center of flour.
  • Add salt to water, lightly stir. Sprinkle yeast over top of water and sprinkle sugar over yeast. Let the yeast active, it will become foamy (3-5 minutes).
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg. Once yeast is foamy add egg to the water and whisk until egg is incorporated. With your hand, slowly start adding flour to the water and mixing. Mix until dough is lumpy. Transfer dough onto surface. Knead 6-8 minutes until dough is smooth and flour is well combined. (Dough should not be sticky.)
  • Lightly grease bowl with cooking spray. Place dough into bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and cover with a kitchen towel to keep warm. Let the dough rise 1 hour, it will double in size.
  • Gently, divide dough into three parts. Roll out each part into about 15-inch ropes. It’s easiest to roll out by starting with both hands in the middle of the rope and pull to sides as you roll. Repeat until the ropes are the same in length.
  • Braid loosely, tucking edges under braid. Once braided, stretch the middle out gently. Brush top of 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.) Let the braid rise another 45 minutes, the braid will double in size.
  • 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.

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  • Katya 07/04/2019, 5:20 pm Link Reply

    Hello, Valentina. Thank you for this tasty and beautiful bread ! Every time I make this bread I feel myself like a super baker! :)) My husband and kids liked it as well !

    • Valentina's Corner 07/04/2019, 11:15 pm Link Reply

      The best kind of recipes are ones the whole family can enjoy. So glad you found a keeper recipe. 🙂

  • Lidiya 05/30/2018, 1:50 pm Link Reply

    Do you just bake it on parchment paper on a baking sheet? Or do you put it in a pan of sorts? I’m using my bread machine and it’s rising as I type this. Can’t wait to try it!

    • admin 05/30/2018, 2:30 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Lidiya! Yes, you want to just use a large baking sheet, the braid works best on a baking sheet. I just use the Parchment paper so the loaf comes off easily. You can just grease your sheet with butter or baking spray. Please let me know how you liked the recipe. 🙂 🙂

      • Lidiya 05/30/2018, 4:39 pm Link

        So delicious!! Thank you for the recipe! Definitely will be making again! ?

      • admin 05/30/2018, 11:22 pm Link

        Wonderful, so glad to hear that! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, I just love reading your feedback!

  • Tzivia 09/03/2017, 6:10 pm Link Reply

    Made this bread on Thursday for the upcoming Sabbath for Friday night and omg vala it was such a huge hit it was finished today definitely making this again thanx so much darling your recipes are so very amazing happy blessed Sunday and week ahead cheers

    • admin 09/04/2017, 11:25 am Link Reply

      Oh that makes me smile so big, Tzivia. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. 🙂

  • Olya 08/28/2017, 12:07 am Link Reply

    I was wondering what kind of flour you use. Do you know if Canadian Flour would be ok? Thanks!!

    • admin 08/31/2017, 10:10 am Link Reply

      Hi Olya,
      Canadian flour would work BEST! We love Canadia flour. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

      • harry scherr 07/17/2018, 5:14 pm Link

        this looks good and I will try this to night thank u for your recipe harry

      • admin 07/18/2018, 4:48 pm Link

        Thanks so much for giving our recipe a try, Harry. I hope you loved it! 🙂

  • Linda Corina Castaneda 11/06/2016, 7:42 pm Link Reply

    Hi there!
    This was my 1st making bread. I followed the recipe exactly and the baking time says bake 25-30 mins.
    I noticed it was browning a little to much and decided to take it out at 26 mins. The bottom was a bit over baked.
    What did I do wrong? When should I have taken it out of the oven?
    I want to make it for thanksgiving.

    Thanks in advance
    Linda

    • admin 11/07/2016, 1:35 am Link Reply

      Linda, congrats on your first homemade bread???…
      All ovens are different as are the baking sheets you use. Next time, I’d suggest just taking it out earlier, maybe bake 22-23 minutes and check the bottom, if needed return back to oven. (Also, be sure your oven rack is in the middle of the oven.) Hope you give it another try and it comes out perfect and everyone loves it☺..

  • Inna 04/14/2016, 5:22 pm Link Reply

    Made this bread yesterday, it was really good! My family enjoyed it!? I’m just wondering have you ever tried making a braided рулет с маком ??

    • admin 04/15/2016, 11:36 am Link Reply

      Great minds think alike Inna. That is an idea I have written down to try. I think it would taste wonderful..:-)

  • Olga 03/04/2016, 5:28 pm Link Reply

    So I made it with more sugar and little vanilla and it turned out great! Hubby loved it! But I thought 2tsp of salt is a little to much, next time I’ll try with less salt. Thank you for another great recipe Valechka!

    • admin 03/04/2016, 6:41 pm Link Reply

      Thanks SOO much for giving an update!! Good to known for anyone else who wants it as a sweet bread????..

  • Olga 03/04/2016, 2:46 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valentina!

    I made bread this morning and it turned out amazing! My son really enjoy it! Thank you very much for a wonderful recipe!

    • admin 03/04/2016, 6:36 pm Link Reply

      Olechka, that’s wonderful. So glad your son approves ????..☺..

  • Diana 03/03/2016, 6:17 pm Link Reply

    Made this bread using half whole wheat flour and half white. It turned out amazing. Thanks for a great recipe. It’s a keeper????

    • admin 03/04/2016, 12:05 am Link Reply

      Oh I love that Dianka.. Will definitely be trying that, thanks for the idea..????

  • Olga 03/01/2016, 5:09 pm Link Reply

    Valechka I have a question… If I want to make this sweet, do I just add more sugar? And some vanilla sugar?

    • admin 03/01/2016, 11:49 pm Link Reply

      Olga, I haven’t tested it with adding more sugar, but I think that would work just fine. Perhaps do 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 tsp vanilla. That would be my guess, I will have to experiment with that though, thank for the idea;).. (p.s. If you do make it with adding more sugar, I’d love your feedback.

  • Sasha 02/26/2016, 6:37 pm Link Reply

    Looks amazing. Thank you for posting this…

    • admin 03/01/2016, 11:41 pm Link Reply

      Well Thank you Sasha.. Enjoy the bread..

  • Lesya 02/26/2016, 6:17 pm Link Reply

    So excited you will do newsletters, signed up… I just cannot get enough of your family… Making this tomorrow:). Thank you for sharing..

    • admin 03/01/2016, 11:40 pm Link Reply

      Lesya, Thank you for your kind words:).. Enjoy the newsletters.. Hoping you enjoyed the bread..

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