Sue Bee Honey Braided Bread

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This decorative braided bread made with Sue Bee Honey is the perfect centerpiece for spring gatherings! Serve warm and top with one of our Whipped Honey Butter varieties.



    • 1/2 cup Sue Bee Honey
    • 5 1/2 cups flour, plus extra for kneading
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 packages active dry yeast
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 can evaporated milk, lukewarm
    • 4 tablespoons butter, softened to room temp
    • 1/2 cup butter, melted


    1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

    2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour and salt. Set aside.

    3. In a small bowl, mix yeast with warm water. Set aside and let the yeast activate and expand.

    4. In a large bowl, beat 4 eggs. Add lukewarm milk, softened butter, Sue Bee Honey and activated yeast, then blend.

    5. Add flour mixture to the milk-honey mixture 1 cup at a time, blending after each cup to make sure all flour is incorporated.

    6. After the flour has been incorporated and the dough has a satiny consistency, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for approximately 3-4 minutes until smooth and elastic (don’t overwork your dough).

    7. Place dough in a large bowl that has been coated with butter; turn the dough over in bowl to coat dough with butter. Cover the bowl with plastic and then put a damp towel over the plastic and bowl to keep the dough moist. Place the bowl in a warm place for dough to rise (dough should double in volume in approximately 1 hour).

    8. Punch down or deflate dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide it into 2 equal parts and shape into rounds. Cover and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.

    9. To form the braid, roll each round of dough into a long roll about 36” long and 1 1/2’’-2” thick. Using the 2 long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring on a large baking sheet. Seal the ends of the ring together and tuck the loose ends under the dough.

    10. The natural separation of the 2 rolls creates “nesting” spots in the braid for the 10 colored eggs. Evenly distribute the eggs between the folds of the dough braid.

    11. Place the braided dough in a warm spot, covering with the damp towel; let rise for about 45 minutes. Gently brush braid with the remaining melted butter and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. The colored eggs will cook as the bread bakes. 

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