Gramita’s Braid Bread Recipe

Gramita’s Braid Bread Recipe

Coming soon is a review for Wolf Creek Creations Jelly. With homemade jellies, I think of homemade bread! Now I can’t just walk over to my Grandma’s house and get a slice of bread, since it is a 22 hour drive from El Paso, Texas to Cass County Nebraska, so I baked my own. I have made my Gramita’s Braid Bread before, several times in fact. It is easy, and so yummy!
Gramita & Pappy

Best of all, this bread reminds me of my family. Holidays always include Gramita’s homemade breads, cakes, pies etc. But bread is my absolute favorite. There is just something special about the time and care that goes into fresh baked bread, it is like, all the love she has for her family ends up in a single slice for each of us to enjoy. Sliced and spread with real butter, and jelly, served with coffee, over a game of apples to apples/uno/or whatever game we happen to be playing. Makes for the perfect end to a great day!

Braid Bread

Here in El Paso, with Husband, this bread becomes a meal and usually Breakfast. Have I mentioned it goes great with a cup of coffee?


Gramita’s Braid Bread

1 pkg. active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 Tbs sugar
1 egg
2 tsp salt
4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sesame seed, poppy seed

In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, butter, sugar, egg, salt and 2 1/2 cups flour. mix on medium to bring ingredients together. Stir in remaining flour to make a firm dough ball. (may not need all 4 1/2 cups)

Place dough ball on floured surface and kneed until smooth and stretchy. (this took me 5 minutes) Put dough into a greased bowl, and cover to let rise for about an hour. It should be doubled in size. Then punch down dough and divide into thirds. Shape each piece into a rope about 18ish inches long (Yep another technical term that, ISH) Place them on a baking sheet (I use a large cookie sheet) and braid together. Make sure you pinch the ends together and tuck them under or they can come undone.

Cover and let rise another 40-50 minutes. Mix salt, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds together. Brush bread dough with water (i like to use half water half melted butter). Sprinkle salt/seed mix over the bread top. Bake at 350, for 24-30 minutes. Check often! Every oven is different. It should be a medium golden brown.

Try it, and let me know how it goes.

Yum! Fresh out of the oven,
could be a little darker on top but the bottom was getting a bit dark


Updated August 2011: When I was telling Gramita about posting this recipe back in June, she said “Of course, you just make sure you put my photo with it, so everyone knows the crazy lady who taught you how to bake.”  I miss her everyday….I am updating this post during my road trip to her memorial.
Judith Jane “Gramita” 1943-2011


  1. Awesome post! I found you from the blog hop and glad I did! I am also an army wife! Great post!

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  3. Yummo! That looks like a delicious treat!