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Grandma's Christmas Bread

 Grandma's Christmas Bread
For as long as I can remember, this bread has been a part of my family's traditional Christmas morning breakfast. I modified the recipe so I could make it in a bread machine. — Barb and Ray Schmeling, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
16 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups warm milk (70° to 80°)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • In bread machine pan, place the first seven ingredients in order
  • suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust
  • color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine
  • directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2
  • tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • Just before the final kneading (your bread machine may audibly signal

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Grandma's Christmas Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • this), add the raisins, currants and lemon peel. In a small bowl,
  • combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cooled bread. Yield: 1 loaf
  • (about 2 pounds).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 178 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.