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Sesame Wheat Braids

When I started making this bread, my husband and our six children liked it so much I was baking every day. I was thrilled when the judges at our county fair gave these braids a blue ribbon and best of show award! —Nancy Montgomery, Hartville, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar and oil; mix well. Stir in whole wheat flour; let stand until the mixture bubbles, about 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, beat eggs and water. Remove 2 tablespoons to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate. Add remaining egg mixture and salt to batter; mix until smooth. Add 4 cups all-purpose flour and beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down and divide in half. Divide each half into thirds.
  • Shape each into a rope about 15 in. long. Place 3 ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Pinch each end firmly and tuck under.
  • Repeat, placing second braid on the same baking sheet. Brush braids with the reserved egg mixture; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 102 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Deb
    Oct 7, 2020

    This bread is amazingly good and super easy! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  • Casey
    Sep 8, 2020

    I am sure the bread is great because as Honna pointed out is a challah recipe, not soley because of the braids but the recipe. If you look up or bake enough of them you will see that the way it is made is challah. I am not knocking it just clarifying. As to metric measurements you can find converters online to help with that as a cup is always 8 ounces and does not mean a cup used for beverages.

  • Sarah
    Apr 10, 2020

    Hi! Just wanted to ask what kind of cup you use because cup sizes are different. And I think it's better if you would give me the measurements in grams and metric system??Thank you very much!

  • Julia
    Mar 11, 2020

    Very delicious bread! It has a good texture, nice flavour and a lovely crunch. I'll definitely be making this bread more!

  • Lois
    Jan 6, 2020

    This braided bread is easy to prepare and, with only two risings, is relatively quick. Using either white whole wheat (rather than traditional whole wheat) or only all purpose flour the bread has a tender crumb, thin soft crust, and pleasant flavor. I would like to point out Honna that there are challahs that are not braided (such as the round challahs used on Rosh Hashanah and other holy days and braided breads that are not challahs (Italian scali bread, St. Lucia loaf, and a number of coffee cakes).

  • stcloud52
    Aug 11, 2019

    Hilla, you can call it what you want, but other cultures can call it a braid. I am really surprised that you found yourself soo offended.

    Jan 30, 2019

    ITS A CHALLAH, not a Braid! it is disgusting to steal a real centuries old recipe and call it something it is not. Challah is the bread we, Jews, bake for every Shabbat, before and after Passover (Pesah), when the livened bread is prohibited for consumption. I am insulted and offended by that hypocritical bane "braid". its a CHALLAH! enjoy yes, it is delicious

  • rae777
    Dec 16, 2018

    Absolutely delicious! My husband and I couldn't wait for it to cool and just tore pieces off! I will make this one of my go to bread recipes.

  • Henry T
    Dec 5, 2018

    Halved this recipe and adapted to my Zojirushi BB PAC 20 bread machine. First time I braided bread. Turned out great and my family ate it in two days. Had to bake another this time with poppy seeds.

  • Tri
    Oct 18, 2018

    I make small alterations, walnut oil not canola and only 1 tablespoons of sugar. I have made this multiple times. It is very good.