3-4 c Flour
1/2 c Warm water 3 lg Eggs
1 ts Sugar 1/3 c Canola oil
1 pk Dry active yeast 3 tb Honey
combine these and let sit 2 tb Orange Juice
1 1/2 ts Salt
1 ts warm water pn Saffron
1 beaten egg; set aside
Combine the sugar and yeast in the 1/2 cup of warm water and let sit in
a warm place until it bubbles and foams - this is "proofing the yeast".
Sift 2 1/2 cups of the flour into a bowl. Make a well in the center
and add the yeast, 3 eggs, canola oil, honey, OJ, salt, and saffron. Beat
either with dough hooks, or by hand until well mixed and a soft dough is
formed. Start to add more flour and knead it in until you get a non-sticky
Turn out onto floured surface and knead it for ten minutes until very
elastic. 3-5 mins.
Oil a bowl and place the dough ball in it and coat well. Cover and let rise
in warm place for 1 1/2 hrs. Punch down. Let stand covered for 1 hour.
Remove to floured board and shape into a round by rolling on the board
until it is a rope about 18-22" long. Curl it up and place on oiled sheet
and cover and let stand for 1 hour or until double. Brush with beaten egg
and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Lower to 350 and bake for 25 minutes more, or
until golden and hollow sounding when thumped on the bottom.
Now if you want you can sprinkle on seeds of your choice before baking and
after brushing with the egg. Or you can add raisins to the bread, by
flattening the dough and patting on raisins, and then rolling it up jelly roll
style and forming it into the round. You can also bake it in a braid
by splitting the dough into three pieces, and rolling each 20" long - then
pinch the ropes together at one end and "braid" the ropes. Pinch the other end.
Then follow the directions for baking.
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