Braided Sesame Ring

Braided Bread Ring Recipe
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Ingredients:

  • 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 packages active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 ½ cups hot water (120 to 130 degrees)

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar and salt. Gradually beat in water until smooth. Add 2 more cups of flour, mayonnaise and 3 of the eggs; beat well. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make dough easy to handle. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic, adding as much remaining flour as needed to prevent sticking. Shape dough into a ball. Place in a large, greased bowl; turn dough once to grease surface. Cover with towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; divide into three equal pieces. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each piece into 24 inch rope. Place side by side on a large greased baking sheet; loosely braid the ropes. Shape braid into circle, pinching the ends together to seal. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 ½ hours. In a small bowl, beat remaining egg; brush over surface of the dough. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes or until loaf is browned and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove to wire rack to cool.

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