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Christmas Swirl Bread
Makes 5 for 6 loaves
7 cup white flour
2/3 cup vital wheat gluten
2 1/2 Tablespoon instant yeast
5 cups hot water (120-130 F)
2 Tablespoon salt
2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup honey or 1 c. sugar (I like honey the best!)
2 1/2 Tablespoon bottled lemon juice
5-5 1/2 cups more white flour
1 container red food coloring
1 container green food coloring
Mix together the first three ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook. Add water all at once and mix for 1 minute; cover and let rest for 10 minutes (this is called sponging). Add salt, oil, honey or sugar, and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add last bit of flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Beat for about 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This makes very soft dough.
Pre-heat oven for 1 minute to lukewarm and turn off. Turn dough onto oiled counter top; divide the dough into two pieces. Add one of the balls back into the mixer with the dough hook. Place a cloth over the other ball of dough so it doesn't dry out. Add one container of food coloring into the ball of dough (use one color at a time). Mix the dough until the food coloring dyes the dough to the vibrancy of the color you are looking for. Once the dough has been colored, remove the dough ball and put into a bowl. Place the second dough ball into the mixer. Add a container of green food coloring to the ball of dough and continue to mix until incorporated.
Once the dough is colored, you can start forming your loaves. Spray each of the bread pans. Take a portion of each color and spread it out into a rectangle shape with your hands. Add the second color on top of the bottom layer and continue back and forth with red and then green. Roll up the dough into a a rectangle shape, the length of your bread pan. Smooth down the edges and place the dough into the greased baking pan. Continue to do this for the remaining bread loaves. There is no specific way the bread needs to be rolled. Just be creative and combine the dough together any way you'd like. Once the dough has all been rolled into the pans, let the bread rise in warm oven for 10-15 minutes, or the until dough reaches the top of the pan. Do not remove bread from the oven; turn oven to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on racks. Slice the bread and be surprised at your different designs. Enjoy!!