German Yeast Crown
|Flour||4 Cup (64 tbs)|
|Active dry yeast||1 Tablespoon|
|Grated lemon peel||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Milk||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Unsalted butter||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (1 Stick)|
|Golden raisins||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Sliced almonds||1 Tablespoon|
|Egg||1 , beaten|
1 Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, yeast, lemon peel, and aniseeds in mixing bowl.
2 Heat milk, butter, sugar, and salt to hot (120°-130°F). Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Mix thoroughly.
3 Add eggs, raisins, and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
4 Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top.
5 Let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour.
6 Punch down dough. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll into 22-inch ropes. Braid. Place on greased baking sheet and shape into a circle.
7 Make glaze and brush on loaf. Sprinkle lightly with sugar; place almonds on top.
8 Let rise in warm place€”about 10 minutes. Don't worry about any cracks in the top surface after it is baked.
9 Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.