Grandma's Dessert Bread
A family recipe for a braided dessert bread
  • 1 cup milk, scalded
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 5-6 cups flour
  • 2 pkgs. yeast
  • ½ cup warm(105) water
  • Icing mix: ½ cup 10-x sugar, 3-4 tbsps. milk, ½ tsp vanilla or almond extract
  1. Combine mix(sugar, butter, salt, eggs) while scalding milk
  2. Add mix to milk while it is warm
  3. Combine yeast and water and add to milk mix
  4. Add flour to correct consistency(may vary with humidity)
  5. Knead 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic
  6. Cover and let rise 1 hour until doubled in size
  7. Punch down and divide into four parts
  8. Divide each part into three, roll each third into a snake
  9. Pinch one end of three snakes together, then braid them and pinch opposite ends to hold
  10. Place braids(4) on cookie sheet and let rise 35-40 minutes
  11. Bake at 325 x 30 minutes
  12. Brush with icing while warm
Recipe by Dan Blumenfeld at