On a lightly floured surface divide bread dough into 3 portions. Roll each portion into a 12-inch rope. Line up the 3 ropes, 1 inch apart, on a greased baking sheet.
Starting in the middle, loosely braid the ropes by bringing the left rope underneath the center rope; lay it down. Bring right rope under new center rope; lay it down. Repeat braiding to end.
On the other half, braid by bringing the outside ropes alternately over the center rope. Press ends together to seal; tuck under.
Cover braid and let rise in a warm place until nearly double (about 30 minutes).
Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Makes 1 loaf (12 slices).