Assemble braid up to 2 hours ahead. Don't brush with egg white or sprinkle with sugar; refrigerate loosely covered. When you're ready to bake it, brush with egg white, sprinkle with sugar and bake as directed, adding a couple more minutes, if necessary.
For an elegant presentation, garnish the platter with stemmed maraschino cherries, kumquats and fresh mint.
This recipe can be easily doubled when you have a large crowd to feed. Double the ingredients and place on a second cookie sheet. Bake as directed.