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)
- 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
- 1 egg, lightly beaten (for the Garnish)
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!!)
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!!
-Sweet Baking everybody!-
-The Dessert Monster-