This bread is a Serbian orthodox tradition at Christmas, you bake the bread and add a sterilized small coin (dime) and the lucky recipient is granted good luck for the year. This year my husband got the coin. All our friends gathered around the bread and we all broke off a piece. The bread was really good!
4-1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup warm milk
1 cup warm water
2-1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
1 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
9 tablespoons melted butter
1) Stir together flour, salt, sugar, yeast, melted butter and one beaten egg in a mixing bowl. Pour warm milk and water into the flour mixture. Mix everything with a spoon.
2) Transfer dough to counter and knead for about 10 minutes. Add more flour if needed.
3) Form dough in the round shape and put in the lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
4) Remove dough from the bowl and divide in two pieces, smaller should be for braiding.
5) Form larger piece of dough into a round loaf and transfer it to a lightly oiled pan.
6) Divide smaller piece of dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each into a strand and braid. Place braid on and along edges of round loaf.
7) Brush bread with egg wash (beaten egg with a little bit of water) and cover with plastic wrap for 40 minutes.
8) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake bread for 35 to 40 minutes. The bread should be golden brown on the top. When it is done, transfer the bread to a rack to cool down. Yield: 1 loaf