Chalka -- Polish Egg Bread

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READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat the milk to lukewarm; add melted butter, sugar and salt.
  • Stir to combine and let cool to about 110°F
  • Add yeast and warm water in mixing bowl and stir until dissolved.
  • Add lukewarm milk mixture and 2 eggs and stir to combine.
  • Add 3 cups flour and beat until smooth.
  • Add the raisins and remaining flour and mix, 3 to 5 minutes until smooth. (Dough will be sticky)
  • Place dough in greased bowl.
  • Turn over and cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough and turn out onto lightly floured board.
  • If making 1 large loaf, divide dough into 3 equal pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a strip about 14 inches long, and braid together the 3 strips on a parchment-lined baking pan. (Note: If making 2 loaves, divide dough into 2 equal pieces and then divide each half into 3 equal pieces, for a total of 6 pieces.)
  • Loosely cover bread and let rise again until double, about 30 minutes.
  • While bread is rising, preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Brush remaining beaten egg lightly on bread.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let cool completely before serving.
  • Store, covered, at room temperature or slice and freeze.
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