braid v [EDD braid v.5 (East Anglia), prob from bray to grind] chiefly NEng obs
In cooking: to mix thoroughly, reduce to a smooth texture.
1853 Leslie Behaviour Book 218, We advise our New-England friends to eschew . . all Yankee phrases that do not convey the exact meaning of the words. For instance, to. . . “cut the eggs,” instead of to beat them. . . “Braiding eggs,” is still worse. But we believe that this braiding is not the same as cutting. What is it? 1853 ME Farmer (Augusta) 23 June 1/7, Boil the brains in a bag with the soft part of half a baker’s loaf, and some sage; when done, braid the bread and brains fine. 1902 Boston Sun. Globe (MA) 12 Oct 30/3, One quart can tomatoes, 1 pint water, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons flour, braided together with [a] little tomato. 1918 Boston Sun. Post (MA) 17 Feb /5 (newspaperarchive.com), Braid a little flour and butter together for thickening. 1921 Brownwood Bulletin (TX) 8 Nov 3/1, Braid the flour in a little of the cold cream. Beat the egg and add the remainder of the cream, the salt and the braided flour.