Everything Bread

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everything bread

I have never even thought of making my own bread.

Machines………

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yeast…………

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It all seemed way too time consuming and complex until I learned you don’t need a machine!!

This is a recipe I found years ago and have had it stuffed in a pile.  I knew someday I would make it.  Now I’m just sorry I didn’t do it YEARS ago!

I tried it and tweaked it and came up with this!  If you have ZERO bread making experience like me… you’re going to impress yourself!  And I PROMISE you, you will LOVE it!!!!!

There is nothing hard about making bread.  Really!  I am here to tell you, you CAN do this.  The key to this is timing.  It just takes time to rise.  But hey, you don’t have to be anywhere near the bread as it’s rising.  Go to the mall, do some shopping.  Get your nails done.

Then when you’re ready to bake it you just brush the bread with some egg wash and add all your poppy seeds and sesame seeds and the salt.  Ohhh, the salt totally makes this bread!  Either that or the minced onion.  I’m not sure, maybe both.  But those big round morsels of salt …. mmm mmm ~ girl you just don’t know!!

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Everything Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg dry active yeast
  • 3/4 warm water (between 110-115 degres)
  • 1 cup warm organic milk (between 110-115 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup organic butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp each: course sea salt, dried minced onion, caraway seeds, poppy seeds & sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl (or Kitchen Aid bowl), dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, sugar, egg yolk and salt.
  2. Using a dough hook, slowly add the flour and beat on medium for 2-3 minutes until the dough forms a ball. It will pull away from the sides of the bowl
  3. Take the dough out of Kitchen Aid and put on a floured surface and knead until elastic, approx 5 min. Add small amounts of flour if dough sticks to your surface
  4. Place it in a greased LARGE bowl, turning once to grease both top and bottom and cover with clean cloth for 1 hour. (TIP: If your house is below 68 degrees try turning the oven on 100 for about 20 seconds and then turning off. Put the bowl in there and close the door and leave in oven to rise)
  5. Take the dough out of the bowl (after it has risen) and punch it down. Put it on a lightly floured surface and divide it into thirds. Make 3 (20″) ropes. Place each rope on a greased baking sheet and braid. Pinch the ends to seal and tuck under. Cover again with cloth and let it rise for about 45 min
  6. Combine your spices in a small bowl
  7. Combine egg white and water; brush over dough and sprinkle with spices
  8. Bake at 375 for 22-26 (or longer depending on your over) minutes until golden brown

Notes

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Comments

  1. Christine Bushee says:

    what kind of flour do you use in this bread recipe?

  2. Can you still make this if you don’t have a dough hook? I just have a simple mixer; nothing fancy. Thanks.

    • Hi Rene – sure you can still make this using a regular paddle or if nothing else, knead it by hand. Takes longer, but you’ll grow some muscles in the meantime.

  3. Hi, I just found blog and made this bread. I’ve never made bread in my life! And this turned out so good 🙂 Thank you for the recipe. I am wondering if you’ve done any variations on flavor? I am wondering if it works if I add some sugar to it to make sweet bread? Thanks again!

    • Isn’t that bread amazing Trina? I haven’t made it in a while and I’ve only made it this way. You can certainly cut back on any of the toppings or try different ones. Even just baking it plain with a little coarse salt would be great!

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