Whole-Wheat Braid

March/April 1999

Your rating: None Average: 3.8 (5 votes)

Save a place at your holiday table for this stunning whole-wheat bread braid.

Whole-Wheat Braid

Makes: 12 slices

Active Time:

Total Time:


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Combine water, milk, oil and honey in a small saucepan; heat until lukewarm. Pour into a large bowl.
  2. Stir yeast into milk mixture and let sit until bubbly, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add whole-wheat flour, egg and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Gradually add all-purpose flour until dough becomes too difficult to stir.
  4. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes, adding only enough flour to keep dough from sticking. (Dough will be soft.)
  5. Lightly oil a large bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to coat; cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  6. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat it with nonstick spray. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an 18-inch rope, tapering the ends. Braid dough, pinching the ends together and tucking them under the loaf slightly. Transfer the loaf to prepared baking sheet. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
  7. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 375°F.
  8. Brush loaf lightly with egg white mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  9. Bake loaf for 30 to 40 minutes, or until browned and bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Freeze well wrapped for up to 1 month.


Per serving: 145 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 18 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber; 210 mg sodium; 119 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (27% daily value), Folate (19% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat

More From EatingWell

Recipe Categories

Get a full year of EatingWell magazine.
World Wide Web Health Award Winner Web Award Winner World Wide Web Health Award Winner Interactive Media Award Winner