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Christmas Braid

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Ingredients
  All purpose flour 5 1⁄2 Cup (88 tbs)
  Active dry yeast 1⁄4 Ounce (1 Package)
  Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Butter/Margarine 6 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Egg 1
  Raisins 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Chopped mixed candied fruits and peels 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Chopped brazil nuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Egg yolk 1
Directions

In large mixing bowl combine 3 cups of the flour and the yeast.
In saucepan heat together milk, sugar, butter or margarine, and salt just till warm (115° to 120°), stirring constantly.
Add to dry mixture in mixing bowl; add egg.
Beat at low speed of electric mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping sides of bowl constantly.
Beat 3 minutes at high speed.
Stir in raisins, candied fruits and peels, Brazil nuts, and enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough.
Turn out on floured surface.
Knead till smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes).
Place in greased bowl, turning once.
Cover; let rise in warm place till double (about 1 1/2 hours).
Divide dough into 3 portions.
Then divide each portion into thirds.
Roll each piece into a 15-inch rope.
Place 3 ropes on a greased baking sheet.
Braid.
Repeat with remaining ropes, forming 3 braids.
Cover and let rise in warm place till double (about 30 to 40 minutes).
Combine egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water; brush some over braids.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
Brush with more egg yolk mixture.
Bake 10 minutes more.
Cover with foil; continue baking 5 minutes longer.
Cool.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Wheat
Interest: 
Party, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
80 Minutes

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