Ukrainian Christmas Kolach

Recipe by Olha7397
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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
YIELD: 3 Kolach
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar in water and sprinkle yeast over it.
  • Add 1 tablespoon sugar, stir, and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Combine yeast with milk, lightly beaten eggs, salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, oil, and 3 cups sifted flour.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until light and bubbly, about 1 hour.
  • Mix in remaining flour and knead until smooth and elastic and dough leaves the side of the bowl easily.
  • Form into a ball and place in lightly oiled bowl, turning once to oil the top.
  • Cover with towel and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk.
  • Punch down and allow to rise again slightly.
  • Divide dough into 3 parts.
  • On a floured work surface, divide one part into thirds, rolling each into a rope 8 to 10 inches long and 1 1/2 inch thick.
  • Braid together, starting at the middle, and turn ends under.
  • Repeat to make other two loaves and place on buttered baking sheets.
  • Do not crowd, since loaves will double in size.
  • Cover with damp towel and let rise until almost double.
  • Brush with egg glaze and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 375 degree F.
  • at least 1 hour, until golden.
  • Test by rapping the bottom; there should be a nice hollow sound.
  • Cool on racks.
  • Makes 3 medium loaves.
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