1/2 cup warm water 2 cakes yeast 1 cup mahdzoon * (plain yogurt) [Room temperature] 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup liquid margarine or melted butter which has been cooled 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 cups or more flour 1 egg 1/2 cup sesame seeds *See making yogurt from scratch under "yogurt or soups" PREPARATION: Dissolve the yeast, sugar and salt in the warm water and then add the mahdzoon and mix well. Beat the butter, baking soda and baking powder together and add to the mahdzoon mixture. Stir in the flour and knead for about 5-6 minutes. Cover the dough and let rest for 10 minutes. Make a small ball and roll out with your hands to an eight inch cylinder aout 3/4" in diameter. Braid this by crossing one end over the other 3 times. Repeat until all the dough has been used. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Let rise for 15 minutes. Wash with an egg wash made by beating 1 egg in a 1/3 cup of water. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 15-20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Makes 3-4 dozen, depending on size of braids.
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