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“My family loves this bread -- it's light as a feather and the crust is incredibly crisp and flavorful! I make the dough in my bread machine, then braid it, and bake it in the oven.”
READY IN:
3hrs 15mins
YIELD:
1 loaf
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Put ingredients in bread machine according to your manufacturer's directions and put on 'dough cycle.' Don't throw the egg white away -- you will use it to brush the loaf with later.
  2. Once the ingredients are mixed, check the consistency if you can. I usually let the machine pause for about 20 minutes for the 'autolyse'.
  3. You can make two smaller braids or one large one. I love a six-braided loaf! (Check some bread cookbooks for directions -- too difficult to explain how to braid into six pieces without pictures!) For a nice structure, divide into pieces, and then flatten each piece into a free--form rectangle about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. Roll up each piece, and gently pull to elongate into ropes, and braid.
  4. Let rise about 45 minutes. Mix one egg white with 1 teaspoons water and brush over bread. Top with seeds, if desired. Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes, depending on the thickness of the loaf (loaves).
  5. To keep the crust crisp, store cut end down on a breadboard, not in a plastic bag.
  6. Enjoy!

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