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(Serves 10-15)

1 cup milk
1 teaspoon flavor (lemon, orange, vanilla or butter)
2 packages active dry yeast
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose shortening
2 large eggs, beaten
4 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil
Cinnamon sugar
Purple, green and yellow food-coloring pastes
12 tablespoons. granulated sugar

Put the milk in a small bowl and add the flavoring. Dissolve the
yeast in the milk and set aside for a few minutes until foamy. In
a large bowl, cream well together the sugar, salt and shortening.
Add the beaten eggs and continue creaming. Blend in the yeast
mixture and add the flour slowly, kneading constantly until the
dough is smooth and pliable, about 10 minutes. Allow the dough to
rise in a warm place for about an hour and a half or until double
in size.

Roll the dough out in a rectangular shape and brush the surface
with vegetable oil. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar. Seal
in the sugar by folding the dough in half lengthwise. Cut the
dough into three even strips, sealing the edges and then braid the
strips together. Form the braided dough into a circle and let it
rise until double in size. Preheat the oven to 375 and mix the
purple, green and yellow food-coloring pastes with 4 tablespoons
of sugar each; put the colored sugars on the cake just before it
goes in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes. An alternate choice is
to frost the baked and cooled cake with white icing and then sprinkle
on the colored sugars.


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