We just tried this recipe last night… I swear the name of the bread was purely coincidental BUT… this Celebration Bread was super tasty and GINORMOUS! I think perhaps I made the strands too long so my bread was less tall, more flat… but still pretty and tasty.
- 2 pkgs (1/4oz ea) active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 4 1/2 – 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 Tbsp cold water
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the butter, sugar, salt, eggs and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft 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 into four pieces. Shape each piece into an 18-in. rope. Place ropes parallel to each other on a greased baking sheet. Beginning from the right side, braid dough by placing the first rope over the second rope, under the third and over the fourth.Repeat three or four times, beginning each time from the right side. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under.
- Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over braid. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
I forgot the egg/water mix at the end but it still turned out great 😀