Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

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

  2. 1 cup warm water (110 to 115 )

  3. 1/2 cup canola oil

  4. 1/3 cup sugar

  5. 1 tablespoon salt

  6. 4 eggs

  7. 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour TOPPING:

  8. 1 egg

  9. 1 teaspoon cold water

  10. 1 tablespoon sesame or poppy seeds, optional

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oil, sugar, salt, eggs and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. 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 top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Divide each portion into thirds. Shape each piece into a 15-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Beat egg and cold water; brush over braids. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).


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