Whole Wheat Braid


This is not your ordinary whole wheat bread—we've added walnuts for great texture, and shaped into a braid for an easy, but special look.





1 loaf

Prep Time

45 minutes

Rise Time

1 hour

Bake Time

20 to 25 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup butter OR margarine
  • 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine, melted


Combine whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, walnut pieces, brown sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt in a large mixer bowl. Heat water, yogurt, and the 1/4 cup butter until very warm (120° to 130°F). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Divide dough in 3 equal pieces; roll each to 20-inch rope. Braid together; seal ends. Place on center of greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Bake at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until done. Remove from sheet; brush with melted butter. Cool on wire rack.