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Classic Easter Bread

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Ingredients
  Sugar 100 Gram (1/2 Cup)
  Warm milk 550 Milliliter (110 F 43°C, 2 Cups)
  Active dry yeast 4 Tablespoon (4 Packages)
  All purpose flour 1 Kilogram (6 Cups)
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Butter 200 Gram (3/4 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons)
  Eggs 2
  Lemon 1 , peel grated
  Chopped almonds 100 Gram (1 Cup)
  Chopped candied lemon peel 200 Gram (1.25 Cup)
  Seedless golden raisins 300 Gram (2 Cups)
  Rum 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Butter 50 Gram, melted (4 Tablespoon)
  Sugar 50 Gram (1/4 Cup)
  Egg yolk 1 , beaten
  Slivered almonds 50 Gram (1/2 Cup)
  Rum 3 Tablespoon
Directions

To make yeast dough, stir 2 tea spoons sugar into warm milk and sprinkle with yeast.
Let stand 5 minutes or until the surface is frothy.
Stir gently to moisten any dry particles remaining on top.
Sift flour and salt into a large bowl.
Melt butter; cool slightly.
Lightly beat butter, eggs and lemon peel into yeast mixture.
Pour into flour mixture, combining to make a dough.
On a floured surface, knead dough 5 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Cover and let rise in a warm place 1 hour.
To make fruit loaf, combine almonds, candied peel, raisins and rum in a small bowl.
Cover and let stand 30 minutes.
Divide risen dough in half; knead each half lightly.
Knead fruit mixture into 1 half; let stand 15 minutes.
Grease a baking sheet.
Shape fruit dough into a loaf; place on greased baking sheet.
Let stand in a warm place 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
Cut a cross on top of loaf.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until a rich brown.
While still hot, brush loaf with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
To make braided wreath, divide remaining dough into 3 equal pieces; roll into long ropes.
Braid ropes; shape into a wreath.
Brush with egg yolk.
Combine almonds, sugar and rum in a small bowl; spread over wreath.
Bake as for fruit loaf.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Holiday, Party

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