Serves the whole congregation
|2||Cakes fresh yeast or packets of dry yeast|
|1/4 cup||lukewarm water|
|1/4 cup||oil or margarine|
|1 Kg||bread flour (approximately)|
|1||egg, beaten (or just the yolk)|
|3 Tbs.||sesame or poppy seeds|
- Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water and 1 Tbs. sugar. Set aside.
- In a pot on the stove, warm two cups water with 1/4 cup oil or margarine, and 1 Tbs. salt. Cool to lukewarm.
- Mix together the yeast mixture with the oil mixture and add 3 eggs. Mix well.
- Stir in flour while mixing by hand or dough hook attachment in the mixer. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough.
- Cover with dish cloth and let rise to double size in a warm place. In Texas, Ema put the dough to rise in her bed, under the "perene".
- Punch down and let rise again to double size. "if Shabat comes in early, you can put the oven on low and stick it in - not in a plastic bowl - and it will rise faster.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface, cut into 3 pieces. Roll each piece out into long ropes, and braid them "like you braid your daughters hair"
- Carefully place on a greased pan (or lined with paper), cover and let rise approximately an hour.
- Brush top with beaten egg. Sprinkle with seeds (poppy or sesame).
- Bake in a 100 degree oven, till golden brown.