Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Fonda Shaia
16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

How to Make It

Step 1

Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water; let stand 5 minutes.

Step 2

Place 2 cups all-purpose flour and next 5 ingredients (all-purpose flour through salt) in a food processor; pulse 4 times. Add margarine; process 10 seconds. With processor on, slowly add yeast mixture and 2/3 cup water through food chute; process until combined. With processor on, add 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour through food chute, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough leaves sides of bowl and forms a ball. Process 15 additional seconds.

Step 3

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down; divide into 3 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to keep from drying), shape each portion into a 12-inch rope. Place 3 ropes lengthwise on a large baking sheet; pinch ends together at one end to seal. Braid ropes; pinch loose ends to seal. Place in an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 5

Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan immediately; cool on a wire rack.

Ratings & Reviews

csaunders80's Review

February 06, 2009
This was my first time to make bread and it was so easy. This is the yummiest bread ever. I followed the recipe exactly and I ate almost the whole loaf by myself. I guess it's not light if you eat a whole loaf.

StinaMcB's Review

September 07, 2009
Holy Yum! This bread is delish! I made it yesterday to spice up my lunch, and with peanut butter and jam, it's like sitting in grandma's kitchen. I made it without using a food processor or the orange peel, and it still is the best bread I've made yet!