Dissolve the yeast in the water. Stir in the sugar and add 1/2 cup flour. Let this sit for 10-minutes to give the yeast a chance to get going. Add the milk, eggs, butter, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in 4 cups of the flour. Add more flour until the dough starts to form a shaggy mass. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead it, adding more flour as necessary, until the dough has formed a smooth and satiny ball. The dough will be a little tacky, but it shouldnt be sticky. Put the dough into a clean bowl and coat it with a little melted butter. This will help prevent the formation of a skin on the dough due to exposure to the air. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Let the dough rise in a warm spot for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until its quite swollen and puffy looking. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead it gently to expel any air bubbles. You dont need to actively knead the dough at this point; that will excite the gluten in the dough and make it harder to braid the bread. Divide the dough into 2 pieces and set one aside. Divide the first piece into 3 even pieces. Roll each piece into a rope that is 1" in diameter. Braid the set of ropes and shape the braid into a large circle. Place the circle on a greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Cover the loaves with damp towels and let the wreaths rise for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the eggs on the wreaths and gently press them into the dough. Brush the dough with the egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tbs. water and a pinch of salt). Bake the loaves for 35-45 minutes, until nicely browned. Occasionally an egg will split in the oven. Use a sharp knife to remove it from the wreath and substitute a dyed-hard-boiled egg. Cool the wreaths on a rack and ice when fully cool. Makes 2 wreaths, each yielding 12 large slices. Icing glaze: 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 3 tbs orange liqueur Beat the sugar and the liqueur together. The icing should be the consistency of a thick salad dressing. Use a fork to drizzle the icing on the wreaths.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (125g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 130 (60%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 14.5g||19 %|
|Saturated Fat 8.6g||43 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.6g|
|Cholesterol 62.5mg||19 %|
|Sodium 59.8mg||2 %|
|Potassium 326.2mg||9 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 17.7g||5 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12 %|
|Sugars, other 14.6g|
|Protein 7g||10 %|
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Calories per serving: 218
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