4.9 from 11 reviews
Easy Egg Bread
Pillow-y soft, enriched with both eggs and butter, slightly sweet. Great for breakfast with butter and jam or accompanying a comforting meal at dinner time.
Yield: 1 large braided loaf
  • 4 to 4½ cups bread flour
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp shortening or butter
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 egg yolk and 1 tsp milk, whisked together (egg wash)
  1. In large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. In saucepan, heat water, milk and shortening/butter until warm (120-130°F; shortening/butter does not need to melt). Add to flour mixture. Slowly add slightly beaten eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe, about an hour.

  2. Punch down dough. Divide into 3 parts. On lightly floured surface, roll each third to a 15-inch rope. On greased cookie sheet loosely braid from center to ends. Pinch ends and tuck under to seal. Cover; let rise in warm place until indentation remains after lightly touching, about 30-45 minutes. Brush with egg wash. Bake at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet; cool on wire rack.

  3. This recipe is featured at A TrEATs Affair.

Easy Egg Bread | Pillow-y soft, enriched with both eggs and butter, slightly sweet. Great for breakfast with butter and jam or accompanying a comforting meal at dinner time. Find recipe at redstaryeast.com.

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  1. Yummy!

  2. I love you for having the recipe right there with no scrolling needed! And my bread turned out beautifully! Thanks for both!

  3. It’s in the oven now… Fingers crossed

  4. Hi,
    I tested this recipe two times. 1st time result was like the picture and so I think suggested final rest time in the recipe should be increased. In 2nd attempt I had more than 1 hour final rest (about 80min). results was great. Unfortunately I can’t find any place in site to send my bread photo. If you want to have my bread photo I can send it if have a email address

    Best regards

    • Hi Behzad,
      You can tag us on social media with your bread pictures. We are @redstaryeast.
      Happy baking!

  5. I’d like to add some golden raisins. Is there any adjustments to the dough or the baking that would be required? I grew up eating Hoska & this is basically the same thing.

    • Hi Mary,
      You should be able to add raisin with no adjustments to baking. Let us know how it turns out!
      Happy baking!

  6. HI,


    • Hi Maria,
      You can use water in place of the milk.
      Happy baking!

    • Maria, baking is about chemistry. There are enzymes in milk that make this recipe work, substitutions will most likely ruin your bread. There are thousands of bread recipes out there that don’t include milk. Pick one that works for you and braid it.

  7. If I use the dough hook on my counter mixer, how long would you recommend the knead? Thank you.

  8. I cant count the number of loaves of the easy egg braid I have made over the years,When my children were in school I made them as Christmas gifts for their teachers eight loaves one for each teacher Ive also given them to family and friends as gifts I became known around town as the lady who makes that good bread.Thanks for your great recipe it really is easy

  9. Can I mix shredded cheese into the dough before baking it? I am looking for a way to make soft and fluffy pigs in a blanket wraps that have cheese in them. I also want the bread to be made with egg so this recipe looks like it could be good with the modification of adding cheese

  10. I am so happy with this recipe. This is my first time making a homemade bread loaf and it came out perfect.
    I used the butter, not shortening. I kneaded it by hand for about 7 minutes. The elasticity was beautiful.
    I’m definitely going to experiment with adding some flavor to the recipe but…man…this first timer is impressed.
    I was so proud of the way it looked. The color, the plait, the texture….yay!

  11. Can I use a bread maker/machine to make the dough?

  12. Can I substitute King Arthur All Purpose Flour and are there any adjustments for the Easy Egg Bread?

    • Hi Joanne,
      Yes. King Arthur all-purpose flour has a higher protein content than most other all-purpose flours and should work fine in this recipe. Let us know if you make it! Tag us on instagram or facebook (@redstaryeast, #redstaryeast) – we’d love to see your baking adventures!
      Happy baking!

  13. I first made this in the late 60s/early 70s from a Red Star yeast package. It makes awesome rolls. It also is great for cinnamon rolls and orange rolls.

  14. Hello. Can i use two loaf pans instead of braiding?

  15. A very nice recipe that doesn’t get carried away by calling for six or more eggs. My Costa Rican housemates loved it!

  16. If I use Red Star Platinum yeast, how much flour should I use? I’ve made this recipe ones before with active dry yeast and loved the result!

    • Hi Megan,
      You can use the same amount of Red Star Platinum Yeast. Just keep an eye on your dough so it doesn’t overproof – it may rise faster.
      Happy baking!

  17. I made this recipe, though I substituted 2 cups of spelt flour for half of the flour. It is delicious and nutritious! Thank you

  18. Thank you for the recipe. I used my bread-maker to do the dough. I also used active dry yeast and bread flour. I will definitely do this bread again because it is sooooo yummy, and easy to do. But I should say, I need to work on my braiding. It did not come out as beautiful as it should be. I wish I can send a picture of my not so perfect braid.

    • Hi Aileen,
      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed our recipe. You can share your pictures on social media – on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram with #redstaryeast. And remember, practice makes perfect! 🙂
      Happy baking!

  19. Can I use instant yeast?

    • Hi Amanda,
      Yes, you can substitute instant yeast for the active dry yeast. Just keep an eye on your dough, as the instant yeast may rise faster.

      Happy baking!

  20. Can I use whole wheat flour.As i want to eat healthy ?

    • Hi Rabia,
      It would be fine to replace some of the bread flour with whole wheat flour in this recipe. You might want to start with 1/3 of the flour as whole wheat, and you could increase up to 50% from there. You may find that the dough will require some additional liquid because the whole wheat flour tends to absorb more liquid due to the higher fiber content.
      Let us know how it turns out!
      Happy baking!

  21. I love your recipe thank you so very much, will you helping us with open I can enjoy. More of your recipe thank you Fradue

  22. I have made this recipe several times in the past week to give fresh loaves to new neighbors and old friends. It is so easy to make and the dough rises beautifully. I followed the recipe as written. I use my dough hooks on my hand mixer to knead the dough – works wonderfully. I have had fun shaping the dough different ways and even filling the dough with a tasty maple-nut mixture – when filling, I roll out a portion of the dough into a long rectangle, spread mixture in a thin layer, roll dough to enclose mixture, and finally form the “stuffed” dough strip into a spiral. I find the bake time only needs about 22-25 minutes at 375. Wonderful bread recipe!

  23. I have tried many bread recipes and this has got to be at the top. So soft inside. I had to put a foil tent over the bread I the last 10 mins and I baked at 385 for 25 mins. Very delighted flavors, a bit like challah without all the yolks!

  24. I made my very FIRST bread with this Easy Egg Bread recipe… Oh my! This was very easy to make and a pure delight for the eyes and in my tummy. My oven might need calibrating, as I had to reduce the temperature down to 375 degrees for the last 10 minutes, and lay a sheet of aluminum foil on top of the bread as it was getting really dark. Once cooled completely, I sliced the bread into 3/4″ thick slices and put them into 2 freezing bags. I’ve put both bags into the fridge for about 2 hours, to allow them to temper before transferring them to the freezer. I live alone, so I’m able to enjoy an outstanding large egg bread toast every morning. Thanks again for sharing this amazing recipe.

  25. Hello! Can I use pressed yeast instead of dry?

  26. Hello,

    The active dry yeast-do you have to let it bloom first? or is it an instant kind of yeast?

  27. Can i use all purpose flour

    • Hi Sereena,
      Great question! We recommend using bread flour as opposed to all-purpose flour. Bread flour is a consistently stronger flour with superior dough forming and rising properties for yeast breads. However, if you don’t have bread flour, you may use all-purpose flour. Your dough may be weaker; keep an eye on it so it doesn’t rise too much and get too weak to hold its shape.

      Happy baking!

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