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Lemon Currant Loaves Recipe

Lemon Currant Loaves Recipe

My grandmother made this bread often when I was growing up. I can still close my eyes and remember the tantalizing aroma of lemon as it came out of the oven.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:32 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (10 ounces) dried currants
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • DOUGH:
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 to 9 cups all-purpose flour
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

  • 1. For filling, in a small bowl, combine the currants, sugar and lemon peel; set aside. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the milk, 1/2 cup butter, eggs, lemon juice, lemon peel, salt, remaining sugar and enough flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Divide into six portions; roll each portion into a 10-in. x 4-in. rectangle. Melt remaining butter; brush over dough. Sprinkle filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side, to form a rope; pinch seams to seal.
  • 4. Place three ropes on a floured surface and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Transfer to a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Repeat with remaining ropes. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • 5. Bake at 375° for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown, covering loosely with foil during the last 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 6. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over loaves. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 233 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 169 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.