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Dutch Christmas Loaves

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Ingredients
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs), scalded
  Butter/Margarine 1 Cup (16 tbs), melted
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Active dry yeast package 2
  Warm water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  All purpose flour 7 Cup (112 tbs)
  Eggs 4 , well beaten
  Grated lemon peel 1 Tablespoon
  Chopped citron 7 Ounce (About 1 Cup)
  Raisins 1 Cup (16 tbs), plumped
  Finely chopped blanched almonds 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), finely chopped
Directions

Pour milk over butter, sugar, and salt in bowl; cool to lukewarm.
Soften yeast in the warm water.
Add about 1 cup of the flour to the milk mixture and beat vigorously until smooth.
Stir in the yeast.
Add half the remaining flour; beat well.
Beat in the eggs and lemon peel with the remaining flour to make a smooth dough.
Stir in the fruits and nuts until distributed evenly.
Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
Divide dough into halves; shape each into a ball and place in two greased and floured 9-inch layer cake pans.
Cover; let rise again until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Bake at 375°F about 40 minutes, or until browned.
Remove from pans and cool on racks.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with confectioners' (icing) sugar.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Canadian
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Occasion: 
Christmas
Interest: 
Party

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