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Easter Bread

Easter Bread

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 210

Cook Time : 60

Total Time : 270

Ingredients

Serves 3

  • 4teaspoons active dry yeast (or two envelopes)

  • 1⁄4 cup warm water

  • 3cups milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm

  • 7 -8cups flour

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 1cup sugar

  • 1teaspoon salt

  • 16 cardamom pods, crushed (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1 orange, rind of, grated

  • 1 lemon, rind of, grated

  • 1⁄2 cup raisins

  • 1⁄2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

  • 1cup butter, melted

  • 2cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 4tablespoons water

  • 2 -3drops almond extract

Directions

  • 01

    Disolve yeast in warm water.

  • 02

    Add 2 cups of the milk to the yeast/water.

  • 03

    Sift in 2 cups of the flour.

  • 04

    Beat until smooth and elastic with a wooden spoon or beaters.

  • 05

    Cover and let rise for one hour.

  • 06

    Beat egg yolks and sugar together until light.

  • 07

    Add egg/sugar to dough, stirring well with wooden spoon.

  • 08

    Add the salt, cardamom, orange and lemon peel, raisins and almonds (if using), stir well.

  • 09

    Add the remaining milk (1 cup) and butter.

  • 10

    Stir in the remaining flour until a stiff dough forms.

  • 11

    Turn onto a floured bread board and knead until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes).

  • 12

    Place dough in greased bowl (I use a dutch oven), turn and cover with plastic wrap.

  • 13

    Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled.

  • 14

    Grease 3 (1 pound) coffee cans and dust with sugar.

  • 15

    Fill cans half full and let rise until dough is even with top of can (30 minutes).

  • 16

    Bake in a preheated 350°Foven for 1 hour or until bread is golden and tests done.

  • 17

    If desired, loaves can be iced with optional frosting.

  • 18

    To make optional frosting, combine frosting ingredients (confectioners' sugar, water and almond extract).

  • 19

    Drizzle over cooled loaves.

Review

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