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Sweet Yeast Bread

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g (4 cups) flour (all-purpose or bread flour)
  • 1 pkg dry yeast
  • 70 g (1/3 cup) sugar
  • 250 ml milk
  • 80 g (1/3 cup) soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pearl sugar optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and yeast; stir well.
  • Combine milk and butter in a small bowl; heat (in the microwave) until milk is warm and butter is softened but not melted.
  • Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring constantly. Add the egg, sugar, and salt and knead thoroughly until smooth and elastic.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1-2 hours (or over night).
  • Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three equal size rounds. Roll each round into a long roll and form a loosely braided loaf.
  • Connect both ends and seal the ends of the wreath together.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    Place loaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cover loosely with a damp towel. Place loaf in a warm place and let rise again for 30-45 minutes.
  • Brush risen loaf with egg yolk. Sprinkle with pearl sugar*, if desired.
    Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden.