To start, you need to make the dough. It's a bit like regular bread dough but with a few additions. This is the recipe:
2 1/2 - 3 c flour
3/4 c milk
1 1/2 tsp yeast
2 T melted butter
1/3 c sugar
pinch of salt
Pretty basic dough construction. Warm the milk and add the yeast and a tablespoon of the sugar to proof it. Then add the flour, sugar, melted butter, salt, and egg yolks (keep the whites for later). Knead and let rise for 40 minutes. Then the fun part starts.
First divide the dough into four roughly equal parts.
|This is what dough looks like when divided into four roughly equal parts, as seen by my phone.|
|The bottom of a springform pan would also work great for this, but mine happened to have a cheesecake in it.|
|Pro Tip #2: Just use your hands. You can pretty much see my finger patterns in this one, but it's so much easier than using a knife.|
|I think this was only three layers, and I forgot to photograph the fourth, but you can use your imagination.|
|I finessed it a little more after this photo, but this is the general idea.|
|The end result!|