Prep Time 45m
Cook Time 20m
Ready Time 120m
Yield 2 loaves


Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 cups Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup very warm water, 120 to 130°F
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 4 large eggs
  • Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 teaspoon cold water
Preparation Directions
  • Step 1Mix 1 1/4 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt in large bowl. Stir in oil. Combine warm water and saffron in small bowl. Stir until saffron is dissolved. Add to flour mixture. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Step 2Separate 1 egg; set yolk aside. Add egg white to flour mixture. Add remaining 3 eggs and 1/2 cup flour. Beat at medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough.
  • Step 3Knead dough on lightly-floured surface 8 to 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour as necessary. Place in lightly-oiled large mixing bowl. Turn dough over to coat both sides with oil. Cover; let rise in warm place 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled.
  • Step 4Spray baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray. Set aside. Punch down dough. Place on lightly-floured surface. Set aside two-thirds of dough. Divide remaining dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion with floured fingers into a 10-inch long piece. Braid 3 pieces together. Braid remaining 3 pieces. Set aside.
  • Step 5Divide remaining dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion with floured fingers into a 12-inch long piece. Braid 3 pieces together. Braid remaining 3 pieces. For each loaf, center 1 small braid on top of 1 large braid. Press ends together to seal. Place both loaves on prepared baking sheet.
  • Step 6Blend reserved egg yolk and cold water in small bowl. Brush on both loaves. Cover; let rise in warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled.
  • Step 7Heat oven to 400°F. Bake loaves 20 to 25 minutes, or until loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped lightly. Cool on wire rack.
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