Makes 2 braids Ingredients: 1/4 cup warm water 1/2 tsp. sugar 1 tbsp. yeast 1 cups warm water 1 tsp. salt 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 tbsp. oil 3 1/2 cups All purpose flour or Bread flour Directions: PROOF In a 1 cup measure, pour 1/4 cup warm water. Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar, but do not stir. Slowly sprinkle 1 tablespoons yeast into the water, making sure each particle gets wet. Again, do not stir. Wait 10 minutes until the yeast is thick and foamy. MIX While you are waiting for the yeast to proof combine the following ingredients in your bread bowl stirring well between each addition: 1 cups warm water, 1 teaspoons salt, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg. Then stir in the yeast and 2 cups of flour. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and stir. ADD FLOUR (quickly) This dough should be rather stiff so the braids will retain their shape. Add remaining flour, 1 1/2 cups at a time, and stir to make a stiff dough. Coat the dough lightly with flour and turn it out onto a floured kneading surface. KNEAD Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic: 10 minutes. Lightly dust the kneading surface if the dough becomes too sticky to handle. 1ST RISING Place the dough into a bowl, turn to grease the top, set in a warm, draft-free spot and allow to rise until double: 1-1 1/2 hours. SHAPE When the dough has doubled, punch it down, pull it away from the sides of the bowl and turn it out onto the kneading surface. Knead it briefly to break all of the large bubbles. Cut the dough in half and set it aside to rest. Then cut 1/3 of the dough off of one of the pieces and set it aside. Cut the remaining 2/3 into 3. Roll each piece into a rope 18 inches long. Braid the ropes and place them on a greased baking sheet. Cut the remaining 1/3 dough into 3 small pieces. Roll each out into a rope 16 inches long. Braid these ropes and place them securely on top of the braid already on the baking sheet. Do the same with the second half of the dough. 2ND RISING Allow to rise until double in a warm, draft-free spot: 30 minutes. BAKE Bake in a 375F oven for 20 to 30 minutes pending on your own oven. Cool on a wire rack. Enjoy..