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Old World Easter Bread

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Ingredients
  Milk 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon (1 Envelope)
  Warm water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Very Warm)
  Egg 1 , beaten
  All purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Candied orange peel 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Golden raisins 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Fine dry bread crumbs 2 Tablespoon
  Confectioners sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (10X Sugar)
  Water 1 Tablespoon
  Yellow food coloring 6 Drop
Directions

1. Heat milk with sugar, salt and butter or margarine in small saucepan; cool just until warm.
2. Sprinkle yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar into very warm water in medium-size bowl. ("Very warm" water should' feel comfortably warm when dropped! on wrist.) Stir until yeast dissolves; allow to stand until mixture bubbles, about 10 minutes; then stir in cooled milk mixture and egg.
3. Beat in 1 cup of the flour until smooth with a large wooden spoon stir in orange peel, raisins and: nutmeg; beat in remaining 1 cup flour to make a soft dough. Beat 100 times with either a wooden spoon or dough hook of electric mixer.
4. Coat top of dough lightly with butter or margarine, cover with clean towel. Let rise in warm place, away from draft, 1 hour, or until doubled.
5. Brush a 6-cup tall mold or 6-cup deep bowl with oil; sprinkle with breM crumbs. Punch dough down; beat 100 times with either a wooden spoon or dough hook of electric mixer. Spoon into mold.
6. Cover with clean towel; let rise in wanin place, away from draft, 45 minutes, or until double in bulk.
7. Bake in moderate oven (350°) 40 minutes, or until loaf gives a hollow sound when tapped. Cool 5 minutes on wire rack; remove from mold.
8. Mix 10X sugar and water in a cup to make a thin frosting; drizzle half over loaf, letting it run down side. Blend; a drop or two of yellow food coloring into remaining frosting to tint yellow; drizzle over. Decorate top with a few slivered almonds.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Holiday

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