2/3 cup warm water
2 egg yolks
2 TBL. + 1 tsp. oil
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup sugar
2 ½ cups bread flour
1 ½ tsp. yeast
Place ingredients in bread machine in order suggested for your machine.
Start machine on white bread dough cycle.
When completed, place dough onto a lightly floured board.
Divide into 3 sections.
Form each section into an 8-9 inch rope and braid.
Tuck the ends under slightly and shape into a straight line.
Place on a greased cookie sheet or on parchment paper.
Preheat oven to warm(200 degrees) and TURN OFF. Cover bread with a light towel and place in oven for 30-45 minutes to rise.
Remove from oven.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix an egg yolk and 1 TBL. water in a small bowl.
Glaze bread with mixture.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until nicely browned. Cool and enjoy!
Makes 1 loaf
Pairs Well With
I have been making this for years and giving it for gifts. It makes a great hostess gift.
These make wonderful gifts at holidays or for hostess gifts. Place in a clear plastic bread bag( I buy mine from bakery), tie with a colorful bow.