This Golden Sesame Braid Bread is a festive loaf and is easy to make. Using regular flour (not bread flour), eggs, and milk, it is different than your normal homemade bread.
Basic Instructions on Milk in Bread
The recipe calls for scalded and then cooled milk. I just warmed mine enough to melt the butter. Back in the day when milk was not pasteurized, milk was always scalded when used in cooking and baking. Then it had to be cooled to lukewarm so it was not too hot, or it would kill the yeast. Many cookbooks still carry those instructions: scald milk, then cool to lukewarm. I just make it lukewarm to begin with since the milk I use is pasteurized.
Mixing and Braiding
I mixed this up in my Bosch Mixer and it was simple enough. Kids will enjoy helping to “braid” the bread. The glaze of egg and water helps give it a golden glow, and the sesame seeds on the top help give it added appeal.
If you want to speed it up a little, you can add a little more yeast. As it is, the total time from mixing to coming out of the oven for me was just two and a half hours. This Sesame braid bread is well worth the time and effort.
I found this Sesame Braid Bread recipe in a cookbook I was given as a bridal shower gift in 1984. The cookbook is called Country Fair Cookbook (Every Recipe a Blue Ribbon Winner).
- 1½ cup milk, scalded (which I do not do - see above)
- ¼ cup shortening
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. salt
- 1 Tablespoon yeast
- ½ cup lukewarm water
- 3 eggs
- 7½ cup sifted flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 2 Tablespoon Sesame seeds
- Combine milk, shortening, sugar, and salt. Heat enough to melt butter.
- Cool to lukewarm.
- Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water
- Add yeast, 3 eggs, and 2 cups flour to the milk mixture
- Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes
- Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough
- Knead 8-10 minutes on floured surface
- Place in lightly greased bowl and let rise until double (about one hour)
- Divide dough into six parts.
- Roll each part into a 12-inch strip
- Braid three strips together to form the loaf
- Place on a greased tray
- Brush braids with glaze made with egg and water, then sprinkle with Sesame seeds
- Allow to rise again until double (about 45 minutes)
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done