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Sesame Onion Braid

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.


2 loaves (2/3 cup butter)

Convenient onion soup mix gives this stunning braided loaf mild onion flavor. It's even more delicious spread with Caramelized Onion butter. As a music professor/conductor, I sometimes share this treat with my musicians to give us all an energy boost! -Patrice Stribling Donald, Edwardsville, Illinois
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  • 6-1/2 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon diced onion
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh parsley


  1. In a large bowl, combine 5 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the sour cream, and 1/4 cup water to 120°-130°; add to dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add 2 eggs, soup mix, butter, baking soda. remaining warm water and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes longer. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into six portions. Shape each into a 15-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Pinch ends to seal; tuck under. Repeat. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Beat egg and cold water; brush over dough. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. In large skillet, saute onion in 1 tablespoon butter until golden brown. Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until garlic is tender.
  6. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, onion mixture, parsley and remaining butter until creamy. Serve with bread.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 159 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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