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Finnish Easter Bread

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  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Warm water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (105°-115°F)
  White flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Light cream 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Egg yolks 2
  Sugar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (1 Stick)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground cardamom 1 Teaspoon
  Grated lemon peel 1 Teaspoon
  Grated orange peel 1 Teaspoon
  Golden raisins 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped almonds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Warm milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (105°-115°F)
  Rye flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Melted butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)

1 Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Combine 1 cup white flour, yeast mixture, and cream in mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
2 Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 30 minutes.
3 Add egg yolks, sugar, butter, salt, cardamom, lemon peel, orange peel, raisins, and almonds to the mixture above. Mix thoroughly.
4 Stir in milk and rye flour. Add enough remaining white flour to form a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€” about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top.
5 Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour.
6 Punch down dough. Make a ball. Place dough, rounded side up, in well-greased 2-pound coffee can. Let rise until dough just comes to the top of the can.
7 Bake in a preheated 350°F oven about 1 hour or until done. While hot, brush top of loaf with butter. Let cool in the can for about 15 minutes. Then remove from can and cool on wire rack.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 4315 Calories from Fat 2163

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 244 g375.4%

Saturated Fat 128.7 g643.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 939.3 mg313.1%

Sodium 1137.1 mg47.4%

Total Carbohydrates 478 g159.4%

Dietary Fiber 49.6 g198.4%

Sugars 126.3 g

Protein 83 g166.7%

Vitamin A 131.3% Vitamin C 30.1%

Calcium 70.9% Iron 161.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Finnish Easter Bread Recipe