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Cherry Almond Mini Loaves

 Cherry Almond Mini Loaves
Plenty of good things come in these little loaves featuring golden raisins and cherries. There's a surprise— the creamy almond filling— in every scrumptious bite.
60 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups golden raisins
  • 1-1/3 cups candied cherry halves
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • FILLING:
  • 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 1/2 cup butter, sugar and
  • salt. Cook over low heat until butter is melted; stir until smooth.
  • Cool to lukewarm (110°-115°).
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Stir in the milk mixture,
  • eggs and yolk. Gradually beat in 2 cups flour. Stir in the

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Cherry Almond Mini Loaves (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • raisins, cherries and orange peel. Add enough remaining flour to form
  • a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and
  • elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Place in a large greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and
  • let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down; divide into 12 portions. Shape each into a 6-in. x
  • 4-in. oval. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Melt
  • remaining butter and brush over dough.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, crumble almond paste; stir in sugar and
  • egg white until smooth. Divide filling into 12 portions; roll each
  • into a 5-in. log. Flatten slightly and place off-center on each
  • oval. Fold dough over filling; press edges to seal. Cover and let
  • rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Brush each loaf with butter. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until
  • golden brown. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 12 mini
  • loaves.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 121 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.