The following St. Joseph’s Day Bread is very traditional, but the original recipe has been adapted to the automatic bread machine to free up the cook and save hands-on time. The simple ingredients can be assembled in about 5 minutes; after the machine has finished the dough cycle, the loaf can be shaped into a large braid in about 10 minutes. The braid is then brushed with beaten egg and liberally sprinkled with sesame seeds (to represent sawdust since Joseph was a carpenter).
This St. Joseph’s Bread isn’t sweet, so it goes with any of the main dishes served at the St. Joseph’s Table. Leftovers are delicious toasted or made into French Toast.
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 1/4 to 3 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons shortening
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- Measure the dough ingredients in the order given into the pan of the automatic bread machine.
- Set the machine to the dough cycle and start.
- After 5 minutes, check to see that the dough forms a soft ball. If it is too stiff, add a little more water and restart the cycle; if it is too soft, add a little more flour.
- When the dough cycle is finished, remove it from the bread machine to a lightly floured surface.
- Divide into three pieces and form each into a long rope.
- Place the ropes on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet, two forming an X and one down the middle of the X.
- Braid each end, starting from the middle.
- Tuck the ends under, cover, and let rise until doubled in bulk.
- Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 38
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 29% Protein 10% Carb. 61%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 13 mg
Sodium 296 mg
Total Carbohydrate 20 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 3 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 3%