This recipe came from a friend and it is fantastic. I was in Poland in August and enjoyed the bread there so I was glad when I received this recipe. Everyone asks me for the recipe.
Cook: 45 mins
Additional: 2 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 30 mins
Prep: 45 mins
Yield: 6 loaves
– 5 packages of active dry yeast
– 2 cups lukewarm water, divided
– 1-quart whole milk
– 1 cup butter, cut into pieces
– 1 ½ cup superfine sugar
– 2 tablespoons of salt
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– 10 eggs, room temperature
– 5 pounds of bread flour
Directions / Instructions:
Dissolve yeast packages in 1 cup of warm water; set aside.
Bring milk to a boil. Remove from heat; add remaining 1 cup water, butter, and 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of salt; stir until butter melts. Pour in the sugar and stir until dissolved.
When the milk mixture has cooled to lukewarm, stir in dissolved yeast.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs until combined. Whisk milk mixture into eggs. Gradually add 5 pounds of flour. Transfer dough to a floured work surface, and use a serrated knife to divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball and place the dough in two large oiled bowls. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Once risen, turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and divide it into 6 equal portions. Shape the dough into balls. (Dough will be very sticky and soft at this point.) Keep the dough covered with greased plastic wrap while you divide one dough ball into 3 pieces. Shape the dough into three ropes, braid them together, and place them on a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining loaves. You should be able to fit two loaves per baking sheet.
Bake loaves in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until hollow-sounding when tapped on top. Let cool, and enjoy!
Per Serving: 413 calories; protein 12.7g; carbohydrates 66.9g; fat 10.2g; cholesterol 81.2mg; sodium 651.4mg.
Source – cooking365.co.za