Spring Break & Sweet Braided Bread

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This past week has been Spring Break for Nerd Monster and so we’ve been hanging out in the kitchen quite a lot recently. On Easter Nerd Monster & Chocolate Monster made the most delicious braided bread and brownies I have ever had. I meant to post them sooner but with the weather finally being so nice outside, Giggle Monster and I have been going out a lot more. I cannot believe I already have 149 followers! Thanks everyone! I’m going to be posting more often, these last few days have been a dud, sorry!

Nerd Monster’s Sweet Braided Bread: (Makes 2 Loaves)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour

Garnish:

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten (for the Garnish)

Directions:

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, butter, eggs, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic (about 6-8 minutes). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. (She placed the dough into the oven on the ‘Proof’ setting, about 80*F. So it’d be warm enough to rise correctly).

Punch dough down. Place onto a lightly floured surface, then divide dough into six equal parts. Shape each into a 12-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining ropes. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. (She placed the loaves on a cookie sheet and in the oven on the ovens ‘Proof’ setting. About 80*F.)

Brush them with egg. (Should look glossy everywhere)

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on wire racks. (They retain their heat for quite awhile so be careful not to burn yourself!!)

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You can serve them with butter, jelly, jam, NUTELLA, or anything of your hearts desire!

Next Up: The Best Brownies I have ever had! Also I am making My Famously Delicious Cheesecake this weekend!

Then, on April 17th I will be attempting to make home made Nutella for the first time ever! If it’s as delicious as I think it will be then expect to see an amazingly chocolately blog post that day!!

 

NerdNDeMon

-Sweet Baking everybody!-

-The Dessert Monster-

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