This recipe makes two large-9 inch Spring Form Pans or about 3 medium Braids
1/2 Cup Salted Butter (1 stick)
1/2 Cup Milk (Heavy – Whole Milk or at least 2%)
2/3 Cup Sugar
1.5 Tablespoons Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon Makleb (Greeks call this Mahlepi)
Heat the above in a medium pot until the mixture is at an aggressive simmer. Remove from heat.
3 Whole Eggs – (add about 1/3 cup of water and whip the three eggs until FULLY whipped and foamy with the dough hook)
Slowly, very slowly add the hot milk mixture to the eggs while the mixer is at max speed. (If you add mixture to the eggs too quickly and the mixer is not on at max speed, you will cook the eggs)
Table Spoon Dry Yeast (Mix the yeast in warm water – about 110-115 degrees with a pinch of sugar) When it is activated-It will be foamy, add it to the mixing bowl and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
After the yeast looks like it is foamed up above the eggs, begin adding flour and I start with about 4 cups at a medium speed. Then add about 1/2 cup at a time until you see the dough pulling up the bottom of the mixing bowl. Turn the mixer to low (this is like you are kneading now) and slowly add enough flour until the dough is one and the bottom of the mixing bowl looks like you just took it out of the dishwasher and shiny clean. The dough is done. Place in a warm area and cover with a clean towel for about 1.5 hours or until the dough is doubled in size. Push the dough down, make it into a bar and cut in half with a serrated knife.
If you are making braids, google it!!!! Hahahahaha! If you are making it in a Spring Form, place parchment paper to coe=ver the entire pan, take the one half and place in the palm of your hands. Slowly squeeze a golf ball size piece of dough and start in the middle, work in a circle until you have a “daisy” like design. Brush egg wash on the dough balls, then sprinkle sesame seeds and cover the “daisy” until it also rises to about double. (Probably an hour)
Pre-heat oven to 320 degrees and then place pans in oven (about lower center rack. After about 20-25 minutes, the bread will begin to show a golden brown. When it is almost to your desired color, loosely place aluminum foil over the pan so it does not get to =o dark and bake to 40-45 TOTAL time.
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