A beautiful, sweet braided loaf made with sweetened condensed milk. Just a few simple ingredients make something so wonderful. I also used a small amount of the dough to make six little buns for our pulled pork sliders for dinner.
1 cup warm water (110°)
2¼ tsp yeast (1 pkg)
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
3¼ cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbl oil
In mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water, and pour sweetened condensed milk over yeast. Let stand 5 minutes until foamy. Blend in flour, salt, and oil to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic (by hand or mixer). Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down and turn onto lightly floured surface, divide into three equal pieces. Shape each piece into a 20″ rope. Place three ropes parallel to each other on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or Silpat. Start braid at center of ropes. Place right rope over center rope, left rope over center rope, continue to the end, pinch ends together and tuck under. Turn baking sheet around to work other side so unbraided ropes face you. This side place center rope over right rope, then center rope over left rope, continue to the end, pinch ends together and tuck under.
Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350° and bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cover with foil during baking to prevent from getting too brown. Brush with butter as comes from oven.
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