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Course Bread
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Prep Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 10 people


  • 7 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 Cups Water
  • 3 Whole Eggs
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • 2 Tbls Honey
  • 1 1/3 Tbls Instant Dry Yeast
  • 1 1/4 Tbls Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Vegatable Oil
  • Eggwash
  • Sesame Seeds Optional


  1. In a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, combine flour, water, whole egg, egg yolk, honey, yeast and salt. Mix on low speed for about 5 minutes.  If your mixer starts straining, knead by hand.  

  2. Add the sugar, once incorporated, slowly start streaming the oil in. 

  3. Remove from bowl, knead a bit by hand.  Place in a greased bowl and cover, allow to rest for 45 minutes. 

  4. Uncover the bowl, punch down the dough, and cover.  Allow to rest for another 45 minutes. 

  5. On a floured surface, shape the dough into a square as best as you can.  Cut into 9 equal pieces, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 15 minutes. 

  6. Roll each piece to about 18 inches and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Pinch top of 3 pieces, and braid down to the end.  Tuck in end.  Brush with egg wash, put toothpicks in bread and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to proof for 1 1/2 hours.

  7. Pre-heat oven to 350.  Brush more egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like.  You could also add poppy seeds or even everything seasoning.