Preparation time: about 3 hours
  • 1 package yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 cups flour
  • ½ pound butter or margarine
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 pint milk or water
Dissolve yeast in the ¼ cup warm water and the 1 teaspoon sugar. Put flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture, mix well by hand. Add butter and egg yolks. Add the ¼ cup sugar. Add milk gradually, working in well until the butter is absorbed. Let rise until dough has doubled in size.

Place dough on lightly floured board. Roll out to about 1 inch thickness: cut into wide strips. Take two strips and twist together. Continue until all pieces are used up. Cut each of these twisted strips into three pieces. Each piece consists of two strips braided together. On a greased baking sheet, place two of these braded strips side by side. Lay the third braided stip directly on top  of the two strips. Continue with all the strips. Let rise until double in size. Brush tops with beaten egg. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour or until nice and brown.