Warm the milk to 110°F or just warm to touch . Dissolve 1 tsp of the sugar in 1/4 cup of the milk and sprinkle the yeast on top. Set aside in a warm space for 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast turns bubbly.
Take the flour in a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of your mixer) add the salt and sugar and stir well. Make a well in the center and break the eggs into it . Whisk the eggs with a fork for a few seconds . Add the yeast mix to it and start kneading . Slowly add the remaining milk and keep kneading until all the flour is mixed in. The dough at this point should be wet and a little sticky. Keep kneading for 2 more minutes before adding the butter . Add the butter and knead for 2 more minutes. The should be getting less sticky and smoother at this time. If it remains very sticky add a couple tablespoons of flour. Knead for 10 more minutes (4 - 5 in the mixer) to form a soft and pliable dough. Form into a ball and place in an oiled bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled - about 1 hour.
Punch down the dough. Lightly oil the bottom and sides of a 9 inch spring form pan. Divide the dough into halves. Form one half into a disc and press into the bottom of the spring form pan. Divide the remaining dough into 3 pieces . Form each piece into a rope and create a long 3 strand braid. Place the braid on top of the outer edges of the disc leaving an open area in the middle. Pinch off the extra length from the braid and form into any desired shape and place in the middle. Cover and let rise until almost doubled.
Pre heat teh oven to 350°F(175°C). Beat an egg with 1 tsp water to make an egg wash. Just before baking , brush the tops of the bread with the egg wash. Place in the oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until done. Check the bread at around 30 minutes to see whether the tops are browning too rapidly. If so , reduce the temperature to 325°F(160°C) and cover the bread with aluminum foil. The bread is done when the internal temperature reaches 200°F (93°C).
Remove from the oven and rest in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
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