(Dough can also be made in a bread baking machine)
1/2 c. lukewarm water
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. butter or margarine (melted)
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 pkg dry yeast
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. salt
3 to 3 1/2 c. white flour
2 Tbsp gluten flour
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add milk, melted margarine, sugar and beaten eggs. Add flour and salt. Mix well, then knead in bowl until smooth.

Put dough on floured board and knead until firm, smooth and not sticky. Add more flour if needed. Shape into ball.

Place in greased bowl. Brush with oil, cover with towel and let rise about 2 hours until double in bulk. Punch down dough and knead briefly. Let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half. Divide each half into three equal pieces. Roll each piece into a strip about 12" long. For each loaf, braid three pieces.

Put on a cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg yolk, sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds. Cover with towel and let rise 1 hour. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Makes two small loaves.

Submitted by: Arleine