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Menorah Bread

menorah bread Side Dish
Menorah Bread
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 18

Have the kids help shape this tender yeast bread to resemble a Menorah as a fun and delicious way to involve them in celebrating the holiday.

Updated January 21, 2009
Betty Crocker Frosting
Make with
Betty Crocker Frosting


  • 4 1/2
    cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour or Better for Bread™ flour
  • 1
    package regular or quick active dry yeast
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons salt
  • 1
    cup water
  • 1/4
    cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2
  • 1
    egg white, beaten
  • 9
    large yellow gumdrops
  • About 1/2 cup Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting or toothpicks


  • 1
    Mix 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar and salt in large bowl. Heat water and butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until very warm (120°F to 130°F). Add water mixture to flour mixture. Beat with electric mixter on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Beat in 2 eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
  • 2
    Place dough on lightly floured surface. Knead about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until double. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)
  • 3
    Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Gently push fist into dough to deflate. Divide dough in half. Roll 1 half into 32-inch rope. Shape rope into large U shape, then double-twist the bottom 4 inches of the U shape together. Place crosswise on cookie sheet. Open ends, making a straight line of dough parallel to long side of cookie sheet.
  • 4
    Divide remaining half of dough into thirds. Roll 1 part into 5 inch rope; press on menorah for center candle. Roll each remaining part of dough into 10-inch rope; cut each rope into fourths. Press 4 pieces on each side of center candle on menorah, about 1 inch apart, for remaining candles.
  • 5
    Brush egg white over dough. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet. Attach gumdrops to tops of candles, using frosting or toothpicks.

  • It may seem warmer than usual but most "quick-mix" methods combine the flour, yeast and sugar and very warm water (120° to 130°). It is often faster than the traditional method that requires the added step of first dissolving the yeast in warm water (105° to 115°)
  • To shape gumdrops like flames gently roll and pinch them between fingers or on a heavily sugared surface.
  • Like other yeast breads, this holiday bread needs time to rise. Be sure to plan ahead.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5 g
Saturated Fat
3 g
30 mg
290 mg
50 mg
Total Carbohydrate
38 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
4 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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