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Krentenbrood van Bakker Veerman (Currant and Raisin Bread)

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"This is my father's recipe for authentic Dutch currant bread (krentenbrood). He was a professional baker and made these loaves a lot! This recipe makes 2 regular-sized loaves, or one long loaf."
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Ingredients

4 h 15 m servings 458
Original recipe yields 16 servings (2 loaves)

Directions

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  1. Soak currants and raisins in a bowl of warm water for 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels; stir in candied peel.
  2. Sift flour and cinnamon into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour. Add yeast and sugar to the well; pour in 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Let stand until yeast begins to foam, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir remaining 3/4 cup lukewarm water, milk, eggs, and salt into the flour mixture until dough comes together.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Add currant mixture; knead until evenly incorporated and dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans lightly with butter. Flatten dough gently and shape into 2 loaves. Place 1 loaf in each pan and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until puffy, about 45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  7. Bake loaves in the preheated oven until firm and dark brown, about 45 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing, about 1 hour.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute 4 ounces fresh yeast for the active dry if preferred.
  • Substitute sultanas for the raisins if desired.
  • If you decide to halve the recipe, bake the bread for 30 minutes instead of 45.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 458 calories; 2.8 101 11.7 26 172 Full nutrition

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