In bowl, combine sugar, salt, yeast, and
i cup flour. In saucepan, heat oil and water until very warm. With
mixer at low speed, beat liquid into dry ingredients. Beat at medium
speed for 2 minutes. Reserve 1 egg yolk. To mixture in bowl, add egg
white, other eggs, and 1 cup flour. Beat 2 minutes. Stir in 1¼ cups
On floured surface, knead until
smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, working in about ¼ cup flour.
Shape dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning dough
to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled. about
Punch dough down; turn onto floured
surface; cover; let rest 15 minutes. Cut two-thirds of the dough
into three equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 13-inch rope. On
greased large cookie sheet place ropes side by side and braid - just
like hair would be braided. Pinch ends to seal. Cut remaining dough
into three pieces. Roll each into a 14-inch rope. Braid as above.
Place small braid along center top of large braid. Tuck ends under
to seal and keep braid in place. Cover with a towel and let rise
until double in size. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In cup, beat
the egg yolk; use to brush loaf. At this point, if you like, poppy
seed may be sprinkled on top of the braid. Bake 30 minutes or until
golden brown. Loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
Yield: 1 loaf - 16 servings.