This is so good and a very easy bread to make, and it looks pretty too!!
What you need:
1 package (1/4 ounce)baking yeast
3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg yolk
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg white
2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon each:
coarse sea salt , dried minced onion, sesame seeds and poppy seeds
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, butter, sugar, egg yolk, salt and 2 cups flour. Mix it all together for a couple of minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough into thirds. Shape each into a 20-in. rope. Place ropes on a large greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine egg white and water; brush over dough. Combine salt, onion and seeds; sprinkle over bread. Bake 22-28 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
Place the warm water in a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast on top and give a quick mix with a whisk….let sit for 5 minutes:
Add the warm milk, butter, sugar, egg yolk, salt and 2 cups flour and mix:
Slowly add the rest of the flour(as needed) to make a dough:
Take the ball out of the ball and knead for 6-8 minutes on a floured service. Add more flour as needed so the ball is like elastic and not sticky.
After 6-8 minutes but the dough ball in a greased bowl:
Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm place for an hour…until the dough doubles.
Once that is done:
Punch it down, take out of the bowl, and separate into 3 balls:
Roll each ball into a rope that fits your pan:(it will get smaller once you braid it)
Grease the pan and braid your bread, pinching and tucking the ends in:
Take a pice of plastic wrap and spray it with cooking spray. Place on top of the braid. Bring the pan to a warm place and let it sit for 45 minutes until doubled:
Mix the egg white and water and brush over the braid. Sprinkle the sea salt, onion, and seeds over the top:
Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 22-28 minutes:
This bread was very good. The only changes I may try for next time…increase the yeast a bit and make two smaller braids.