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How to make homemade egg bread

homemade egg bread

This has popped up on my menu plan a few times here and there and lots of you have asked for the recipe.   But it’s taken me FOREVER to get around to posting it.

Sorry ’bout that!

This is a soft, slightly sweet white bread. It’s got a more tender crumb than regular white sandwich bread, partly because it’s made with milk, not water, and partly because it has more fat in it, in the form of eggs.

It’s a bit like the dough you’d use to make cinnamon swirl bread, and it’s pretty darn delicious.

two loaves egg bread

I often use it to make panini because it’s firm enough to hold up to the grill pan but also soft enough to compress the way a panini should.

But it’s also delicious as-is, and it makes delightful toast.

To start, combine flour and yeast in your mixer bowl.

flour and yeast

Heat your butter, milk, salt, and sugar to 120°F, at which point the butter should be pretty soft.

heated liquids

Add the warm milk mixture to the mixer bowl, and beat until combined.

The add in the eggs.

eggs

Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed, then stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: Add only enough flour to make the dough soft. The amount of flour necessary will vary depending on the type of flour you use, how you measure your flour, the humidity of your home, and so on. Go by touch, not by the cups of flour.)

soft dough

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for 2-3 minutes (alternatively, you can finish kneading in the mixer.)

dough for kneading

When you’re done kneading, your dough should be a nice cohesive ball, but it should not be stiff.

See how this kind of flattens out a bit on my counter in the photo below?

kneaded dough

It should not be firm enough to hold its shape (way softer than cookie dough, for instance.)

If your dough is too hard, it’s not going to rise well and you’ll end up with a dense loaf.  

We’re going for a nice, soft dough here, people! Again, add flour based on feel, not so much on the cup measurements.

Put your dough into the bowl, cover it with a wet tea towel, and let it rise for an hour.

After it rises, turn it out onto a floured surface and divide it into three pieces.

Note: you can make four loaves out of this dough if you don’t want super tall loaves.  

But I like my loaves pretty tall, and besides, three loaf pans fit in my oven better than four.

So three loaves it is for me!

divide dough in three

Roll one piece out into an oblong shape, then roll it up, starting at the short end.  

Place the loaf into a greased 4×8-inch loaf pan, and repeat with remaining pieces of dough.

loaves ready to rise

(I use Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch loaf pans.)

Cover the loaves and let them rise for about 30 minutes, or until they’re doubled in size.

risen egg bread loaves

(I am not the awesomest at dividing dough evenly. And I am also too lazy to weigh my dough!)

Before the loaves are done rising, turn your oven on to 350°F.

You want it to be nice and hot by the time your dough is done rising because loaves that go into a hot oven will rise better and brown better than loaves that go into a cold oven.

Bake the loaves for 25-30 minutes, or until they’re nicely browned.  

Remove the loaves from the pans and let them cool on a wire rack.

egg bread cooling on wire rack

These are the cooling racks I own.  

They are so, so, so much better than the rickety ones I use to own, and I love that the cross-hatch design on these means that baked goods don’t sag down between the bars.

So.

That’s how I make egg bread.   Go make some for yourself!

(By the way, if you’ve been having trouble with your yeast bread and you need some help figuring out what went wrong, read this post all about troubleshooting common yeast bread problems.)

two loaves egg bread

Homemade Egg Bread

Yield: 3-4 loaves
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

This soft, slightly sweet bread is lovely on its own but also makes great sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 9 1/2-10 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 pkg. (4 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 scant teaspoons salt
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

    1. In a mixer bowl, combine 4 cups of the flour and the yeast.
    2. Heat milk, sugar, butter, and salt together to 120-130 ° F.   Add to flour mixture; beat until combined.   Add eggs, and beat for 3 minutes.
    3. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.   Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead 3-5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.   Place dough in bowl, cover with wet tea towel, and let rise in warm place for an hour.
    4. Turn risen dough out onto lightly floured surface; divide into three pieces.   Roll one piece out into an oblong shape, then roll up, starting with short end.   Place into greased 8x4 loaf pan (or 1-pound Williams Sonoma bread pan); repeat with remaining dough.
    5. Cover loaf pans with wet tea towel; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
    6. Bake in preheated 350 ° F oven for 25-30 minutes, or until nicely browned.   Remove loaves from pans and cool on wire rack.

Notes

You can make shorter loaves by using larger loaf pans. Or you can halve the recipe and make two loaves in the 8x4 inch loaf pans.

adapted very slightly from my old Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

How to make egg bread

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Judy

Thursday 18th of February 2021

I would like to know if I can freeze part of the dough? I live alone and 2 or 3 loaves is just to much for me.

Kristen

Friday 19th of February 2021

Yes, you can! But what's even easier is to make the loaves and then freeze them. That's usually what I do.

Cheryl

Sunday 31st of January 2021

I use 7 1/4 total cups of flour and it's perfect

Louise

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

There is noooo way this takes that much flour with only 2 cups of fluid and eggs!!! No way!!! Has to be a printing error

Mary

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

I think I added a bit too much flour. Should I let it rise for 2 or 3 hours?

Kristen

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Could you try sprinkling the dough with some water and then kneading it to add a little moisture?

It will probably take longer to rise if you added too much flour; you can try letting it rise longer, but more moisture would be the optimal solution. If the dough is too stiff, the yeast bubbles just have a lot of trouble trying to lift it up, if that makes sense.

Paul

Thursday 19th of November 2020

I was looking for a simple recipe to adapt to making dinner rolls and I found this page. The recipe is straightforward and easy! I am not a professional baker, but I used Red Star Yeast and All Trumps flour( nothing to do with the prez). It’s a great flour for all sorts of baking, I love it for bread though! I halved the recipe for a test run, divided the risen dough to 1.5 oz pieces and used a greased muffin pan to let them rise again, then baked at 350 for 12-15 minutes. They came out delicious and fluffy! Everyone loved them, I really like this recipe, next time I will do loaves!!

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