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Ingredients

1/2 C plus 2/3 C warm water (105°F to 115°F)
2 tbsp dry yeast
1 tbsp plus 3/4 C sugar
5 large eggs
3/4 C vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
7 1/2 C (about) all-purpose flour
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp water


Combine 1/2 cup warm water, yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in large glass measuring cup and stir until yeast dissolves.


Let yeast mixture stand at room temperature until foamy, about 10 minutes.


In large bowl of heavy-duty mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat 5 eggs until blended.


Add oil, salt and 3/4 cup sugar and beat until pale yellow and slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.


Beat in 2/3 cup warm water.


Add yeast mixture and beat until blended.


Remove whisk and fit mixer with dough hook.


Add enough flour 1 cup at a time to form smooth dough, beating well after each addition.


Beat on medium speed until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding flour by tablespoonfuls if sticky.


Turn out onto floured surface and knead 2 minutes.


Lightly oil large bowl.


Add dough, turning to coat with oil.


Cover with plastic wrap, then with clean kitchen towel.


Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.


Punch down dough.


Cover with plastic and clean kitchen towel and let rise 30 minutes.


Grease 2 large baking sheets.


Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface.


Divide dough into 2 equal portions.


Divide each portion into 3 equal pieces.


Roll each piece into 9-inch-long rope.


Braid 3 ropes together; pinch ends together to seal.


Repeat with remaining dough pieces, forming 2 braids.


Place each braid on baking sheet.


Cover with towel .


Let rise in warm area until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.


Preheat oven to 400°F.


Whisk yolk with 1 tablespoon water to blend.


Brush dough with egg mixture.


Bake 10 minutes.


Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.


Bake until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, about 35 minutes.


Transfer loaves to rack and cool completely.


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