Breads & Baked Goods, Breakfast, Dessert

Braided Sweet Bread

  • Prep 1h 15 mins
  • Total 2h 55 mins
  • Medium
  • Serves 10

There’s nothing like a fresh loaf of bread! This braided sweet bread makes a great breakfast toast, or sweet snack.

TIP: The glaze adds to the sweetness of this bread, but can be omitted if you’re looking for just a slightly sweet bread to use for multiple purposes.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy
  • Contains Eggs
  • Contains Wheat

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy, Eggs, Wheat

Cooking mode

Step-by-step instruction without your screen going to sleep

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup Water, for steaming


  • 3/4 cup Whole milk, warmed
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon Granulated sugar
  • 3 cups All-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons Unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 Large eggs, whole
  • 1 Large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon zest


  • 1/3 cup Confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon zest


  • Stand Mixer
  • Dough Hook
  • Large Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Small Bowl
  • Step 1

    Spray the bottom of the Ninja Multi-Purpose Pan (or 8-inch round baking pan) with cooking spray. In a large bowl, add the warmed milk, yeast, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Whisk until combined, then let sit until bubbly, about 5 minutes.

  • Step 2

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, butter, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Using a dough hook, mix on low until combined, about 1 minute.

  • Step 3

    To the milk mixture, add the eggs, egg yolk, vanilla, and lemon zest. Whisk until combined.

  • Step 4

    With stand mixer on low, slowly add the prepared milk mixture and continue mixing, scraping down the sides and redistributing dough as needed, until all flour is incorporated. Turn mixer to medium-high and continue to mix until the dough is smooth and uniform, about 5 minutes.

  • Step 5

    When combined, remove the bowl from the stand, cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour to rise.

  • Step 6

    When the dough has risen, remove from bowl (dough will be slightly sticky, but should come off hands easily). Transfer dough to a clean, floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Divide the dough into 3 equal (about 10 ounces each) pieces and roll each into a 24-inch rope. Lay ropes side-by-side on lightly floured surface and braid the dough by repeatedly crossing the outer ropes over the center rope. Connect the ends of the dough in a circle and transfer to the prepared pan.


  • Step 7

    Place pan on the bottom layer of the Deluxe Reversible Rack in the lower position, then place the rack in the pot.

  • Step 8

    Close the lid, move the slider to AIR FRY/STOVE STOP. Select PROOF, set temperature to 95°F, and set time to 20 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin the rise. When the rise is complete, remove the rack with the pan and add 1/2 cup water to pot.

  • Step 9

    Place the rack and pan back in pot, close the lid, and move slider to STEAMCRISP. Select STEAM & BAKE, set temperature to 325°F, and set time to 15 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin cooking (PrE will display for approx. 15 minutes as the unit steams, then the timer will start counting down).

  • Step 10

    While the bread is baking, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, add all glaze ingredients and whisk until fully combined.

  • Step 11

    When cooking is complete, carefully remove the rack with the pan. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour. When cooled, drizzle the prepared glaze over the bread and let set for about 5 minutes before serving.