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German Strollen With Candied Fruit

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Ingredients
  Raisins 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Chopped mixed candied fruits and peels 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dried currants 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Rum 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  All purpose flour 4 1⁄2 Cup (72 tbs)
  Active dry yeast 2 Tablespoon (2 Packages)
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Eggs 2
  Finely shredded orange peel 2 Tablespoon
  Finely shredded lemon peel 1 Tablespoon
  Almond extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chopped blanched almonds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Confectioners icing 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

Combine raisins, mixed fruits, currants, and rum; set aside.
In large mixer bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast.
In saucepan heat milk, butter, sugar, and salt just till warm (115° to 120°) and butter is almost melted, stirring constantly.
Add to flour mixture in mixer bowl; add eggs, orange peel, lemon peel, and almond extract.
Beat at low speed of electric mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping sides of bowl constantly.
Beat 3 minutes at high speed.
Stir in the fruit-rum mixture, the chopped almonds, and as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in using a spoon.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead in enough of the remaining flourto make a soft dough.
Continue kneading till smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes).
Shape into a ball.
Place in lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface.
Cover and let rise in a warm place till double (about 1 1/4 hours).
Punch dough down; turn out onto lightly floured surface.
Divide dough in half.
Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
Roll each half into a 10x7-inch oval.
Fold the long side of oval over to within 1/2 inch of the opposite side; seal edge.
Place on greased baking sheets.
Cover and let rise in a warm place till double (about 45 minutes).
Bake at 375° till done, 15 to 20 minutes.
While coffee cakes are warm, glaze with Confectioners' Icing.
Garnish with candied fruits, if desired.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
German
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Occasion: 
Christmas

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