Recipe By Marilou Hitt
Published Jun 28th
Braided Egg Bread
Prep 30m Cook 55m Additional 2h Ready In 3h 25m
Servings 1 large loaf Calories 117.1

This makes a very large and impressive loaf. I have used it for large parties.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 5 eggs
  • 11 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Proof yeast and 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl.
  2. 2 Combine hot milk, sugar, butter, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl. Cool to 110 degrees.
  3. 3 In small bowl, slightly beat 5 eggs, then add to cooled milk mixture. Add milk mixture to yeast mixture. Add 2 cups flour and beat until smooth. Slowly add remaining flour until it forms a stiff dough. Knead on a floured board for 10 minutes (5 minutes with a bread hook). Place in a large glass or plastic bowl lightly greased. Turn dough over to grease both sides. Cover and let rise in a warm, dark place until doubled in volume, approximately 60 minutes.
  4. 4 Punch down, cover, and let rise again until double, approximately 30 minutes.
  5. 5 Punch again, and form into three parts. Form each part into a 20-inch roll. Braid rolls on a large, greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled.
  6. 6 Lightly beat remaining egg and brush loaf. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for about 55 minutes until nicely browned. May be made into two regular sized loaves. Reduce baking time slightly.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 117.1
  • Carbohydrate 19.7 g
  • Cholesterol 23.3 mg
  • Fat 2.6 g
  • Fiber 0.7 g
  • Protein 3.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.3 g
  • Sodium 99.5 mg
  • Sugar 2.1 g


  1. Wow! This bread will make you a star in the kitchen. My farm makes this with our fresh products and this sells like crazy. This bread is worth the time and love it takes to prepare it. Don't shy away. I work the entire recipe by hand and it produces beautiful results. I like the - Read more ...
  2. im not sure where i went wrong? i followed the recipe exactly..... anddddd.. its not to my liking. for the time and efforts (and horrible end result) id much sooner buy a loaf from the bakery!
  3. If I could have given it 10 stars I would have! Despite numerous glitches in the preparation of this wonderful bread it was perfect as it came from the oven! Ease in preparation long-lasting freshness delightful taste and texture have made this a real keeper at my house. What did I do wrong you ask? - Read more ...
  4. Just made this bread. I cut the recipe in half since its just me and my husband here to eat it. My bread turned out huge but really yummy. The house smells great too. Haha! I did have to add about another 1/2 cup of flour because it was still too sticky and did forget - Read more ...
  5. This is a family favorite. Only problem w/ this recipe is that we have no baking pan big enough to make a loaf that huge (who does except a proffessional bakery?) So I cut the recipe in half and the loaf fits nicely on an average size pan.
  6. Awesome recipe. I made one huge loaf and everyone thought it was fake. Mine did not look like the looked like a professional bread, not at all homemade. It had a wonderful, mildly sweet taste. One hint...if you braid for one large loaf, remove your top oven rack. This thing comes to life once - Read more ...
  7. Excellent recipe. I saw that another baker thought theirs came out dry. I add four tablespoons of dry potato flakes and it keeps softer longer. Adjusting the flour make make the bread too light to hold up. Traditionally, I make Challah with one huge braid on the bottom and tuck a tiny braid of four - Read more ...
  8. Wonderful flavor. For my large family I had to double the batch to bake 2 braids instead of one. (My husband & I have 6 daughters & 11 sons 7 of our sons live at home ages 23 down to 7. Can they ever eat especially homemade bread from scratch! (Thank goodness for our double - Read more ...
  9. Delicious! I only used 9.5 cups of flour instead of 11 and it turned out perfect. It made 2 HUGE loves so split this recipe in two. Definately in my favorites file.
  10. Very, very good!!!! Everything went according to plan. It made two HUGE loaves as big as large cookie sheets. I'm glad I split the dough in half because my oven wouldn't have been big enough otherwise! LOL I gave the extra loaf to my neighbor and she loved it and thought it was too pretty - Read more ...