Mix 2 cups flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Add water and beat with electric mixer 2 minutes at low speed.
Add 2 more cups flour, mayo and 3 eggs. Beat with mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes.
Now stir in by hand enough additional flour (about 3 cups) to form a smooth and elastic dough, kneading and adding more flour to achieve this texture. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover and let rise double. Punch down and divide dough in half (or 3rds for smaller loaves). Cover and let dough rest 10 minutes.
Divide each half into 3 long rope-like pieces. Braid 3 pieces to form a loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet and brush with an egg wash using 4th egg. Sprinkle on poppyseeds. Let rise til doubled. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 30 minutes until tested done and nicely browned.
I've had this one for years and it is also light and fluffy. Since it is a bit different it warrants my posting to those who may not have in their collection.
Friday, December 4, 2009 - 2:43pm