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Fruited Loaf

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Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Warm water 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs) (105 To 115°)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Eggs 3
  Egg yolks 1 (Reserve White)
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened
  All purpose flour 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)
  Chopped blanched almonds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cut up citron 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Cut up candied cherries 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Raisins 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Grated lemon peel 1 Tablespoon
  Soft butter 6 Tablespoon
  Confectioner's sugar 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Milk 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
Directions

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large mixer bowl.
Add sugar, salt, eggs, egg yolk, 16 cup butter and 1 1/2 cups of the flour; mix on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 1/2 minute.
Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, about 10 minutes.
Stir in remaining flour, the almonds, citron, cherries, raisins and lemon peel.
Scrape dough from side of bowl.
Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 1 1/2 hours.
Beat dough 25 strokes.
Cover tightly; refrigerate at least 8 hours.
Turn dough onto well-floured board; coat with flour.
Divide dough in half; press each half into oval, about 10x7 inches.
Spread 3 tablespoons butter on each oval.
Fold in half lengthwise; press only folded edge firmly.
Place on greased baking sheet.
Beat reserved egg white slightly; beat in 1 tablespoon water.
Brush loaves with beaten egg white.
Let rise until double, 45 to 60 minutes.
Heat oven to 375°.
Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
Mix confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth.
While loaves are warm, frost with Icing; if desired, decorate with almond halves, pieces of citron and cherry halves.Cool 1 hour.
(Can be served immediately.) If frosted and decorated, freeze uncovered 2 hours.
Wrap, label and return to freezer.
2 hours before serving, remove Fruited Loaf from freezer; thaw in wrapper at room temperature 1 hour.
Unwrap and thaw I hour.
(Or, after first hour of thawing, loaf can be sliced and thawed on serving plate 30 minutes.)

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Servings: 
2

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