Growing up, every Christmas for our "neighbor gift" my mom would bake this bread. She would make batch after batch after batch. And we just couldn't get enough. Not only is it beautiful, but it is so so so delicious. So good that you shouldn't make it ONLY at Christmas time.
1 1/4 cup warm water
5 cups flour
1 TB yeast
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
2-3 drops yellow food coloring
1 egg yolk + 1 TB water
Put warm water in the Bosch. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the flour, then instant yeast. Mix slowly. Add eggs, sugar, salt, oil, and food coloring. Slowly mix in flour 1/2 cup at a time until a nice dough has formed. Cover and let rise until doubled. Punch down and divide into 3 parts (if making one loaf). Braid on long cookie sheet.* Let rise 1 hour, or until doubles. Very carefully brush egg yolk and water mixture on top and sides. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
1 recipe = 1 large loaf or 3 small loaves. You can fit 3 recipes in the Bosch at once.
*To braid, form each part into a long rope (about 18 inches long). Line up the 3 ropes 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Braid loosely, beginning in middle and working towards ends. Pinch ends and tuck under.