CNYEats A Taste of Utica St. Joseph’s Bread

by Joanne on July 25, 2010

The last of our bread recipes on page 63 in the local cookbook “A Taste of Utica”.

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Posted by Rainie Piccione and contributed by Dolores Cecere Piccione


St. Joseph’s Bread – The following recipe makes 2 loaves *Once again, I have altered the ingredient list from the way it is itemized in our book to make it correspond to the way we add it in the recipe


  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 pkgs. active dry yeast
  • 2 TBS butter (shortening)
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

In a small bowl, combine warm water, yeast, butter, sugar, olive oil and salt.  Let it stand for 5 minutes. 

Place 2 1/2 cups of the flour in a large mixing bowl and add the above liquid mixture to the flour, beating on low until thoroughly blended. Add as much of the remaining flour as necessary to make a nice bread dough.  Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 6 – 8 minutes.

Shape into a ball, place into a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rest for 1 hour or until doubled in size. 

Punch the dough down and divide into six equal size pieces. Cover and let the pieces rest for 10 minutes.

Roll each of the pieces into a 12” long rope.  Use 3 ropes per loaf of bread, braid  and secure the ends.  Place the braided loaf onto a greased baking sheet, cover and let rest 1/2 hour. 


Preheat oven to 400 F.  Uncover the bread and brush with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden.  Let cool and ENJOY!


Nothing better than homemade bread with sharp cheddar cheese and a sliced cherry tomato.


Next week we enter the realm of Salads.  Our first recipe will be German Potato Salad with an alternate offering for “Real” Bavarian Potato Salad. 


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  • At 2010.07.25 17:48, claudia lamascolo said:

    Wow both of us making bread today…mine was Artisian….omg this looks so good. I did mine with sesame too! Great minds think alike great job Joanne~

    • At 2010.07.25 19:39, Joanne said:

      I love Artisian breads. I’ve got to check that out.

      • At 2010.07.26 01:14, Monet said:

        This looks very similar to Challah bread, but it seems as if the dough requires a lot less eggs. It is a beautiful looking loaf, and a recipe that I most certainly want to try. I love the sesame seeds on top, and I must agree that nothing could be better than fresh bread, tomatoes and cheese!

        • At 2010.07.26 08:41, Joanne said:

          This bread was just as perfect as what you might get at a professional bakery. The recipe is awesome.

          • At 2010.07.26 10:02, I Sicilian said:

            Love breads, I’m helplessly attracted to all bread. I bake bread everyday and it’s a food I cannot do without.
            Thanks for following my recipes, I’m glad we found each other

            • At 2010.07.26 12:05, Cristina said:

              My first visit to your lovely blog! =)

              I have yet to make bread like this…just beautiful and your images are edible themselves. Anytime is a good time for fresh bread, cheese and tomatoes.

              • At 2010.07.26 13:13, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

                NOTHING beats a great loaf of bread! delicious 🙂

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