Ukranian Easter Bread

Makes 2 loaves


2 packages 1/4-ounce active dry yeast

1 teaspoon plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided

4 cups warm water (115 degrees), divided

1 cup nonfat dry milk powder

14 cups all-purpose flour, divided

6 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tablespoon salt

1 egg

2 tablespoons water

Methodof Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 cup warm water for 5 minutes. Add remaining 3 cups water. Beat in 1 cup milk powder and 5 cups flour until smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place until bubbly, about 20 minutes. eggs, butter, salt and remaining 1/3 cup sugar. Mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form soft dough. Place on a floured surface and knead until smooth about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Punch dough down and put onto a lightly flouredsurface. Divide in half and set one portion aside. Take each half and cut into3 strips, leaving the top attached. Braid the three strips. Cover and let riseuntil doubled, about 1 hour. In a small bowl, beat egg and water; brush overdough. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to wireracks and allow to cool for 20 minutes.