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Classic Portuguese Sweet Bread

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Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1⁄2 Ounce (2 Packages)
  Warm water 1 2⁄3 Cup (26.67 tbs)
  Instant potato flakes 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Dry Ones)
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Melted margarine/Butter 6 Tablespoon
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Eggs 4
  Finely shredded lemon peel/Orange peel / 1/2 teaspoon each 1 Tablespoon
  Raisins 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Golden raisins 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  All purpose flour 7 1⁄2 Cup (120 tbs)
Directions

In a large mixing bowl, soften yeast in warm water.
Mix in potato flakes, sugar, melted margarine, salt, eggs, peel and raisins.
Add flour until dough is no longer sticky, about 7 1/2 cups.
Knead with dough hook 2 to 3 minutes or by hand 10 minutes, until smooth.
Put dough in a large, greased bowl, turning it once so it's greased on the top and bottom.
Cover bowl with a towel.
Let dough rise 1 1/2 hours or until double.
Punch it down, and let it rise 10 minutes more.
Divide dough into 3 large, round loaves or 4 smaller ones; place them on a greased cookie sheet with space between them.
You can also braid the dough or form it into any shape.
Cover dough with a towel, and allow it to rise until almost double, about 45 minutes.
Bake loaves in a preheated oven at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes, depending on number of loaves.
Cover them with foil after the first 20 minutes so they won't get too brown.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
European
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Lemon

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