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Easter Bread

Ingredients
  Plain flour 12 Ounce
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Currants and sultanas 6 Ounce
  Mixed spice 1 Teaspoon (Leveled)
  Yeast 1⁄2 Ounce
  Milk 1⁄2 Pint
  Melted butter 1 Ounce
  Chopped candied peel 1 Ounce
  Almond paste 2 Ounce
  Ground almonds 3 Ounce
  Egg yolk 1
  Caster sugar 3 Ounce
  Lemon juice 1 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

MAKING
2. In a bowl add sugar and yeast and cream them using hand blender. Add warmed milk and combine well.
3. Create a well in the center of sieved flour and spice and add the creamed mixture.
4. Knead the mixture together and keep it covered with a damp cloth. Allow the mixture to rise in a warm space for about half an hour.
5. Punch back the dough and knead it well after adding melted butter and dried fruit.
6. Shape the dough into an oblong 10 X 5 in and top it with a 9 ½ inch long sausage shaped almond paste.
7. Spread the dough around almond paste by pressing it around and tuck it underneath to join the loaf.
8. Add the dough to the baking sheet and keep it until it doubles its bulk.
9. Brush milk over the dough and bake in hot oven at 425°F (220°C) for about 10 minutes at Gas Mark 7 and bake for another 45 minutes at 350°F(180°C), at Gas Mark 4 for about 45 minutes until the loaf browns and creates a hollow sound when tapped underside .
10. Allow the loaf to cool and wrap it in a foil.

SERVING
11. Serve this bread on Easter eve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Holiday, Everyday, Healthy
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes

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