Recipes for Braided Breads

Once you start braiding bread dough, you'll never want to stop! Braided breads are a beautiful addition to any family dinner or outing. The braids are easy to make, and the resulting loaf is perfect for passing around the family table to tear off chunks for the dinner plate.

  • 01 of 09
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    This beginner's white bread is braided into 2 beautiful loaves! This is a fantastic recipe for people just learning how to bake yeast breads.

  • 02 of 09
    Braided Rosemary Bread. Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

    Dried rosemary leaves add a delicious, country flavor to this bread. This is a great bread to serve with a chicken, roast, or chili dinner.

  • 03 of 09
    Braided Sabbath Bread. Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

    A traditional Jewish bread called challah, braided Sabbath bread is a delicious bread for any day of the week. This recipe makes 2 loaves of white egg bread that are topped with poppy seeds.

  • 04 of 09
    Stack Braided Sabbath Bread. Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

    This recipe for Sabbath bread calls for only 2 eggs. The breads are braided with a second, smaller braided placed on the large braid. The look is phenomenal and it's a great way to impress family and friends.

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  • 05 of 09
    Czech Hoska. © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Hoska is a beautiful, rich bread made by Bohemians and Czechs. Similar to challah, hoska is made with eggs and butter. It can be baked with or without raisins.

  • 06 of 09
    Citrus Christmas Bread. Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

    Christmas is a traditional time for sweet breads, but this citrus bread tastes delicious all year round. Flavored with orange juice and candied mixed peel, this bread is topped with icing to give it an extra sweet flavor.

  • 07 of 09
    Braided Farmer's Cheese Bread
    Braided Farmer's Cheese Bread. Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

    The first time I tasted farmer's cheese, I knew I had to try baking it into a bread. This recipe for farmer's cheese bread is fabulous for family dinners, pasta night, and for picnics.

  • 08 of 09

    This sweet and lightly spiced coffee bread is the perfect bread to bake for company.

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  • 09 of 09
    Lemon Braided Wreath Bread. Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

    Flavored with the juice and zest or one small lemon, this dessert bread has a lot of flavor. To make the loaf look more beautiful, I braided the bread into a wreath and topped it with icing.