Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 ( 1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  2. 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  3. 3 cups warm milk

  4. 4 cups all-purpose flour

  5. 6 eggs, beaten

  6. 1/2 cup white sugar

  7. 1 cup margarine, softened

  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  9. 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

  10. 12 cups all-purpose flour

  11. 1 egg

  12. 1 tablespoon water

  13. 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Proof the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl until slightly frothy. In the meantime, dissolve 1/2 cup sugar in the warm milk. Cool to lukewarm. Once cooled, add the milk mixture to the yeast mixture along with four cups of flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Cover and put in a dark, warm place until the mixture is bubbly and doubled in size, about 2 hours. Stir in the beaten eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, margarine, salt, and lemon peel. Stir well to blend. Begin adding the remaining flour a cup at a time to form a very soft dough. Knead the dough on a floured board until soft and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat both sides. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours. Punch dough down, and allow to rise again for 30 minutes. Divide dough into three parts. Shape into slightly rounded loaves, and place on greased baking sheets. Let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water; brush onto loaves. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes, or until done. Once they are done, brush the tops with melted butter for a soft crust.


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