Braided Egg Loaf

Recipe by Ranikabani
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    (1/4 ounce) package yeast
  • 5
    cups flour
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 13
    cup sugar
  • 1 14
    cups hot water (over 120 F)
  • 13
    cup soft margarine
  • 2
    large eggs
  • 3 -5
    drops yellow food coloring
  • 2
    tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1
    egg yolk, blended with
  • 1
    tablespoon milk
  • 1 12
    tablespoons sesame seeds or 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

DIRECTIONS

  • In a big mixing bowl, combine the 1 1/2 cups flour, and salt.
  • Add yeast to hot water and sugar together and when the yeast dissolves add it to the flour mixture above.
  • Pour in the water and beat until it's smooth.
  • Fold in the soft margarine, eggs and food colouring.
  • Add remaining flour (a little at a time) to make a soft dough.
  • On a floured board, knead until it's smooth and elastic.
  • Grease a big bowl.
  • Brush top of dough with melted margarine.
  • In a warm spot, let it rise for about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down and knead it again on the floured board.
  • Divide the dough into two equal balls.
  • Then divide each ball into 3 smaller pieces and roll each of these pieces into"ropes".
  • Braid the ropes to form 2 small loaves.
  • Cover and let loaves rise until double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Brush the loaves with the egg yolk mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds/poppy seeds.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until the loaves sound hollow when thumped.