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- In a small mixing bowl combine yeast, water and granulated sugar. Give a quick stir, and allow to sit for about 5 minutes or until the yeast becomes nice and foamy.
- Mix yeast mixture together with pumpkin, egg yolks, salt, maple syrup, olive oil, pumpkin pie spice and 7 cups of bread flour.
- Add in additional flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticky.
- Pour dough out onto a floured surface, and start to knead the dough, adding more flour as needed until the dough is nice and elastic. About 6-8 minutes.
- Place dough into a greased mixing bowl and allow to rise until it has doubled in size. About 15-30 minutes if using Red Star's Platinum Yeast or 90 minutes if using regular active dry yeast.
- Once dough has doubled. Pour out onto a floured surface again.
- Cut the dough in to 4 pieces.
- Pick one piece to start working with, and then cut that into 6 equal pieces.
- Roll each of the 6 pieces into a "snake" as my kids call them, they should be about 1/2-1 inch thick.
- Weave the pieces together, and then braid the four corners, tucking the ends in creating a round braided loaf. (As pictured above)
- Repeat the braiding process with the remaining 3 loaves.
- Place each loaf in a greased baking dish ( I like to use class pie plates).
- Heat oven to 350 while you set the braided loaves aside to rise until they double in size.
- Once the bread has finished rising, brush each one with one egg yolk and then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake for about 40 minutes or until they are golden brown.
- Enjoy warm, and share the baked goodness with someone you love or someone in need!
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(Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation from Red Star Yeast to develop this recipe. However, as always all opinions are 100% my own.)