Benjamin's Host Mom's Zopf Bread

Ingredients

Pre-dough

Directions

Make the pre-dough, then add butter, salt and mlik and mix well. Let rise for 2 hours until it has doubled in size. Form 2 equal blobs of dough and separate each blob into 3 equal pieces. Form each piece into a rope about a foot long. Braid 3 ropes together to make 2 braided loaves. Bake 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

Pre-dough

Mix the yeast and the milk in a small bowl until dissolved. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Pour the yeast and milk in the well, then mix with your finger from the center outwards until it's doughy. Don't mix all the flour into the center with your finger, just some of it. Cover this doughy center with a sprinkling of flour, then put it in a warm place for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cracks form all over the flour on the surfance of the doughy center.