Egg Bread is a great recipe to start out with if you are new to baking bread. It is a yeast-based bread that rarely fails you because of the addition of eggs to add lightness and lift to the dough. Rainy days at the cottage are like an invitation to bake, a savoury egg bread fits the bill. Great for slicing, warm with butter, or making french toast. This is a basic egg bread recipe that is the base for a sweet easter egg bread that I make in the springtime.
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 ⁄2 cup warm water
- 3 teaspoons yeast
- 4 cups flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ⁄3 cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 ⁄4 cup warm water
- 1 egg yolk beaten with
- 1 teaspoon water
Dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup water in the bowl of mixer. Sprinkle yeast over water and mix, let stand 10 minutes until foamy.
Add the next 6 ingredients to mixing bowl. Add yeast and mix with dough hook for 6 minutes. The dough will be a little sticky. If kneading by hand, add flour to your surface sparingly until it works without sticking to the surface but is still soft to knead.
Place in oiled bowl, cover and let rise in warm place until double in bulk. about 30 minutes
Punch down dough. Let rise again until double in bulk. About 30 minutes
Punch down again. Divide dough into the equal parts. At this point preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Roll dough into three long strands. Braid the strands, tucking ends. Place braid on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a towel and let rise for 20 minutes or until doubled in size.
Mix 1 tsp water with beaten egg yolk and brush onto braided bread. Bake at 400 F for approximately 30 minutes, until golden brown. The egg bread is ready when it sounds hollow when you tap on the top.
Making bread is one of my favourite ways to unwind and relax, the whole process kind of forces you to slow down and let things happen in their own time. The yeast needs time to activate and the bread needs time to rise. Which gives me the opportunity to make a cup of tea, chat with friends or simply sit and stare out the window before the next step of the process. Taking that gorgeous golden brown loaf out of the oven is the reward for allowing time to work its magic.
In good taste, Selena