Monday, November 26, 2012
2 packages of dry yeast
2/3 cup of 110°F degree water
3 Whole Eggs that are lightly beaten
7 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 Tsp salt
5 egg yolks – lightly beaten
4 ½ cups of flour
½ cup of sugar
1 beaten egg yolk and Poppy or sesame seeds for topping
Assembling the Bread:
1. In a small bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Yeast should 'foam' up in a minute or two. If it doesnt your yeast is stale and you need to begin again.
2. Combine your egg yolks, eggs, oil,the rest of the sugar, the salt and your yeast mixture.
3. Now add flour to make a sticky dough. It should be fairly stiff.
4. On a floured board knead for about 6 minutes or so.
5. Now form a ball. Place it in a greased bowl and turn the ball around to grease all sides. Cover with a tea towel and place somewhere warm out of drafts.
Let it double in bulk. This takes about 2 hours.
6. Punch down the dough.. just slam your fist into the center , then knead it again briefly.
7. Roll the dough out into 3 long ropes and braind them
8. Line a baking sheet with parchment. It will bake nicer that way.
9. Brush the top of the loaf with beaten egg yolk, sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds if you want, and allow too rise until dough doubles in size. This takes about 50 minutes.
10. Bake until golden brown in a pre-heated 375 degree oven – 35 to 40 minutes.
Cool and serve!