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Garlic Rosemary Braid


Here's a recipe our girls took to the county fair and won Grand Champion with. So tasty and smells divine.

9 - 9 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 packages active yeast
3 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup water
3/4 cups butter, divided
1 egg
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt

In large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water, and 1/2 cup butter until butter starts to melt. Add to dry ingredients and mix together until moistened. Add egg, garlic and rosemary. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic for 5-6 minutes. Cover and allow to rise one hour or until double.

Punch down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into thirds. Divide each portion into three pieces. Shape each into an 18" rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise in warm place until double, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter and add garlic salt. Brush over bread. Sprinkle with additional dried rosemary if desired. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks. Makes 3 loaves. Delicious!
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