Total TimePrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
Makes3 loaves (12 slices each)
- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
- 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
- 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup diced citron or mixed candied fruit and peel
- 1/2 cup sliced candied cherries
- Melted butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 5 to 6 teaspoons whole milk
- Blanched whole almonds, coarsely chopped, and additional candied fruit
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in warm water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the milk, butter, salt, cardamom, eggs, egg yolks, remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in the raisins, citron, cherries and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
- Punch down; divide into thirds. Roll each piece on a floured surface into a 10x6-in. oval. Brush with melted butter. Fold 1 long side over to within 1 in. of the opposite side. Press edges to seal. Place on greased baking sheets. Brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Bake at 375° until lightly browned, about 25 minutes. For icing, combine confectioners' sugar and milk; spread over cooled bread. Decorate with almonds and fruit.
Nutrition Facts1 slice: 172 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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Dec 30, 2019
divided in 1/2 to get a smaller loaf, used currants instead of raisins, will make again!
Dec 22, 2016
I have made this several times as written. It is fantastic. This time I made 4 one pound loaves. Left the frosting off. My favorite way to eat the bread is toasted with butter only. The bread freezes well.