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Christopomo

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Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1⁄2 Ounce (2 Packages, 1/4 Ounce Each)
  Warm water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (About 110 Degree F)
  Warm milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (About 110 Degree F)
  Butter/Margarine 1 Cup (16 tbs), melted and cooled
  Eggs 4 , slightly beaten
  Sugar 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Crushed anise seed 2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  All purpose flour 7 1⁄2 Cup (120 tbs), unsifted
  Candied cherries/Walnut halves 9
  Egg white 1 , beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  Water 1 Tablespoon
Directions

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
Blend in milk, butter, eggs, sugar, anise seed, and salt.
Gradually beat in about 7 cups of the flour to make a stiff dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured board; knead until smooth and satiny (10 to 20 minutes), adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.
Turn dough over in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 2 hours).
Punch dough down; pinch off 2 balls of dough, each about 3 inches in diameter; set aside.
Shape remaining dough into a smooth ball.
Place on a greased baking sheet and flatten into a 10-inch round.
Gently roll each of the 3-inch balls between your hands to make a 15-inch-long rope.
With a razor blade or a sharp floured knife, cut a 5-inch-long slash into each end of the 2 ropes.
Cross ropes on center of loaf; do not press down.
Curl slashed sections away from center of each rope; then place a candied cherry or walnut half in each curl and one in center of cross.
Brush loaf with beaten egg white.
Cover lightly and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled (about 1 hour).
Bake in a 350° oven for about 45 minutes or until loaf is richly browned and sounds hollow when tapped.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Greek
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Occasion: 
Christmas
Ingredient: 
Nut

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