1/3 cup milk
3 extra-large eggs
12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups bread flour
2-1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
All ingredients must be at room temperature. Liquid ingredients
should be about 80 degrees.
Cut butter into tablespoonfuls. Add ingredients in the order
specified in your bread machine owner's manual, adding just 4
tablespoons of butter to start. Do not use delay bake function.
Add the remaining butter during the first kneading, 2 tablespoons at
a time after the dough comes together in a ball.
If you are making stollen, go now to that recipe and proceed. If you
are making Christmas trees or other shaped bread, proceed with this
At the end of the program, punch down dough. Let dough rest 5
Butter a 3-quart bowl. Place dough in bowl, cover tightly with
plastic wrap and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours.
After the cold rise, proceed with recipes for