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Polish Christmas Bread

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You'll simply love this Polish Christmas Bread. This spiced fruit and nut bread topped with egg meringue and almonds will set your mood correct for the party. You are welcome to make suggestions about this Polish Christmas Bread.
  Active dry yeast 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Warm water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (105-115°F)
  Milk 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 4 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Vanilla extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Confectioners icing 1 Tablespoon
  Almonds 1 Tablespoon
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Lemon peel 1⁄4 Teaspoon, grated
  Orange peel 1⁄4 Teaspoon, grated
  Chopped candied lemon peel 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chopped candied orange peel 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Golden raisins 2 Tablespoon
  Slivered almonds 2 Tablespoon
  Unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon, melted
  Glaze 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg 1 (Beaten With 1 Tablespoon Water)

1 Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Heat milk, butter, salt, and sugar to warm (105°-115°F).
2 Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, yeast mixture, milk mixture, vanilla, and egg in mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
3 Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes.
4 Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 45 minutes.
5 Make filling by combining sugar, cinnamon, grated lemon peel, grated orange peel, candied lemon peel, candied orange peel, raisins, and slivered almonds.
6 Punch down dough. Roll into a 10 x 18-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter.
7 Spread filling over dough, leaving 1-inch margin all around. Roll up jelly-roll style and seal edge. Shape into a horseshoe. Place on greased baking sheet.
8 Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 45 minutes. Make glaze and brush on loaf.
9 Bake in a preheated 375°F oven about 30 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack. Frost with Confectioners' Icing. Decorate with almonds.

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