1 tbsp yeast
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup warm milk
3-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup melted shortening
3/4 tsp salt
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm milk. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Add 1 cup flour and blend well. Add melted shortening, eggs, and remaining flour and salt. Mix on mixer for about 3-4 minutes. Remove and place in a greased bowl – cover and let rise 1 hour Turn out and braid as desired
Put aside and let rise after braiding for about 45 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25-50 minutes.
1 cup sugar 2 tsps cinnamon 3/4 cup ground pecans (or other nut of your choice)
Brown Butter Icing:
4 tbsps butter
1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 tsps milk
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. The butter will begin to crackle and pop. When that noise stops it will begin to brown As soon as it does, remove it from the heat and pour over the sugar Add the vanilla. Whisk together and add enough milk to make a thick, drippy glaze.
Top Starburst with chopped pecans if you wish.