Menorah Bread

Have the kids help shape this tender yeast bread to resemble a Menorah as a fun and delicious way to involve them in celebrating the holiday.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 18

Ingredients

4 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour or Better for Bread™ flour
1
package regular or quick active dry yeast
2
tablespoons sugar
2
teaspoons salt
1
cup water
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
2
eggs
1
egg white, beaten
9
large yellow gumdrops
About 1/2 cup Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting or toothpicks

  • 1 Mix 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar and salt in large bowl. Heat water and butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until very warm (120°F to 130°F). Add water mixture to flour mixture. Beat with electric mixter on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Beat in 2 eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
  • 2 Place dough on lightly floured surface. Knead about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until double. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)
  • 3 Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Gently push fist into dough to deflate. Divide dough in half. Roll 1 half into 32-inch rope. Shape rope into large U shape, then double-twist the bottom 4 inches of the U shape together. Place crosswise on cookie sheet. Open ends, making a straight line of dough parallel to long side of cookie sheet.
  • 4 Divide remaining half of dough into thirds. Roll 1 part into 5 inch rope; press on menorah for center candle. Roll each remaining part of dough into 10-inch rope; cut each rope into fourths. Press 4 pieces on each side of center candle on menorah, about 1 inch apart, for remaining candles.
  • 5 Brush egg white over dough. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet. Attach gumdrops to tops of candles, using frosting or toothpicks.

Expert Tips

It may seem warmer than usual but most "quick-mix" methods combine the flour, yeast and sugar and very warm water (120° to 130°). It is often faster than the traditional method that requires the added step of first dissolving the yeast in warm water (105° to 115°)

To shape gumdrops like flames gently roll and pinch them between fingers or on a heavily sugared surface.

Like other yeast breads, this holiday bread needs time to rise. Be sure to plan ahead.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories
210
(
Calories from Fat
45 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5 g
5 %
(Saturated Fat
3 g,
3 %
),
Cholesterol
30 mg
30 %;
Sodium
290 mg
290 %;
Total Carbohydrate
38 g
38 %
(Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 %
),
Protein
4 g
4 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.