From Woodstock, NY here comes another bread recipe to try this quarantine… a sweet or savory egg twist bread. Joyce Nicol has been very generous to share with us her pictures and bread making ideas, and I can’t wait to give this one a try too! As pictured here, you can try two different versions of the bread, sweeter, with nuts, with jam… Or if you want more ideas for savory breads, you can read more recipes here.
EGG TWIST BREAD (makes 2 loaves)
- 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F 40-45 Celsius)
- 2 pkgs active dry yeast (about 10 gr)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 5 1/4 – 5 3/4 cups all-purpose or bread flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon water
- Poppy or sesame seeds
Place 1/2 cup warm water in a large warm bowl. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved. Add remaining water, sugar, butter, salt and 1 1/2 cups of flour; blend well. Stir in 3 eggs, 1 egg white (reserve the yolk), and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface (or by mixer) until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a large greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes. Punch down dough and place on a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Set aside one half. Divide the first half into 3 pieces. Roll each into a long rope, about 15” long. Braid the 3 ropes. Place the resulting loaf onto a greased baking sheet. Repeat with the other half of the dough or shape as desired for a coffee cake (see note 3). Cover shaped loaves; let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees Celsius). Beat reserved egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water. Brush on dough. Sprinkle with seeds. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes until dough is golden brown. Remove from baking sheets; let cool on wire racks.
NOTES: (1) You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook. (2) You can use a cup of whole wheat bread flour for part of the flour. (3) Since this makes a tender-crumb bread, you can shape half for a coffee cake, adding jam and/or nuts as desired, and then top with a sugar glaze. Alternately you can add a bit more sugar when making the dough, so sweeten it more.
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