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Yankee Christmas Bread

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This Yankee Christmas Bread is different from all other Christmas Breads. This is a delicious bread replete with raisins, citron, orange flakes and spiced with cinnamon. The delightful difference comes with the inclusion of potato ! Try this Yankee Christmas bread and let me know if you like it.
Ingredients
  Potato 1 Small, peeled and sliced
  Unsalted potato water 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs) (105-115°F)
  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Milk 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 6 Tablespoon
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Golden raisins 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Chopped candied citron 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Chopped candied orange peel 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 2 Tablespoon, melted
  Sugar 2 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
Directions

1 Boil potato in unsalted water until very tender. Drain, and set aside 2/3 cup of the water. Cool potato to warm. Mash.
2 Dissolve yeast in warm unsalted potato water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Heat milk to warm (105°-115°F) and add to yeast mixture.
3 Stir in mashed potato and 1 1/2 cups flour. Mix thoroughly. Cover; let rise in warm place about 1 hour.
4 Cream butter with sugar; mix thoroughly. Add egg and salt.
5 Add this mixture to the yeast and potato mixture. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Mix thoroughly.
6 Knead in the raisins, citron, and orange peel.
7 Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes.
8 Cover; let rise until double€”about 45 minutes. Punch down dough. Shape into round loaf.
9 Place in greased 2-inch-deep, 8-inch round cake pan. Brush top of loaf with melted butter and sugar and cinnamon mixture.
10 Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven about 1 hour or until done. Cool on wire rack.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Occasion: 
Christmas
Interest: 
Party

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