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Chrismat Stollen with Lemon Glaze

 Chrismat Stollen with Lemon Glaze
This is my favorite bread during the holidays. I've made it many times to give as Christmas gifts, and I always receive compliments on it.
32 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups warm milk or warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 pound raisins
  • 1/2 pound chopped blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied fruit
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • LEMON GLAZE:
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Combine milk or water and yeast. Let stand 3-5 minutes. Add 1 cup
  • flour; mix well. Cover and let rest in a warm place until light and
  • foamy, about 1 hour.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a
  • time. Add salt and lemon peel. Stir in the yeast mixture and

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Chrismat Stollen with Lemon Glaze (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth and
  • elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl and
  • cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; knead in raisins, nuts and fruit. Divide into two
  • parts; roll each into a 15-in. x 8-in. oval. Fold each in half
  • lengthwise and place on a greased baking sheet. Brush with melted
  • butter. Cover and allow loaves to rise until almost doubled in
  • bulk, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on
  • wire racks. Combine all glaze ingredients; brush on tops of cooled
  • loaves. Yield: 2 loaves.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 303 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 172 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.