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      Title: Kolach (Braided Bread)
 Categories: Russian, Christmas, Bread/yeast
   Servings:  3
  
       1 ts Sugar
       1 c  ;Water, Lukewarm
       2 pk Dry Yeast
       3 tb Sugar
       2 c  Milk; (About 110 Degrees F.)
       2 lg Eggs
       1 tb Salt
       2 tb Oil Or Melted Butter; You
            -Can Use Up To 4 Tbs
       8 c  Unbleached Flour; Or More
            -If Needed
       1 lg Egg; Beaten With
       1 tb Water; For Glaze
       2 tb Dry Poppy Seeds
  
   Disolve 1 tsp sugar in the water and sprinkle the yeast over it.  Add 1
   Tbl of sugar, stir and let stand for 10 minutes.  Combine the yeast with
   the milk, lightly beaten eggs, salt, 2 tbl sugar, oil, and 3 cups of
   sifted flour.  Beat until smooth.  Cover and let rise in a warm place
   until light and bubbly, about 1 hour.  Mix in enough of the remaining
   flour to make a light, slightly sticky dough, then knead in the bowl
   until smooth and elastic,(Remember the heavier the dough, the heavier the
   bread.) and leaves the sides of the bowl easily.  Or in the processor, add
   the yeast mixture to the flour and then add the liquids.  With the machine
   running, add more flour until a ball forms.  Allow to rest for several
   minutes.  Process until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Form into a ball
   and place in a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to oil the top.  Cover
   with a linen dish towl, soaked in hot water and then wrung out until damp
   only, and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk.  Punch down and
   allow to rise again, slightly.  Divide the dough into 3 parts.  Divide 1
   part into thirds, rolling each into a rope 8 to 10 inches long and 1 1/2
   inches thick.  Braid together, starting at the middle and turn the ends
   under.  Repeat with each of the remaining parts of the dough.  Place the
   loaves on buttered baking sheets.  Do not crowd, since the loaves will
   double in size.  Cover with the damp towel and let rise until almost
   double.  Brush with the egg glaze and sprinkle with the poppy seeds.  Bake
   in a preheated 375 Degrees F. oven at least 1 hour, or until golden.  Test
   by rapping the bottom, there should be a nice hollow sound.  Cool on wire
   racks until cold before cutting.
  
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