What a lovely bread to serve at Christmas time--visions of sugar plums. I make a lot of sweet breads at the holidays and my family enjoys them. Baking is one of my hobbies which I cherish dearly. Slivered almonds can be substituted for pine nuts.

Carol

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
20
Yield:
2 round loaves
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 cup warm water in large mixer bowl. Sprinkle in yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir well.

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  • Add 1/2 cup sugar, melted butter or margarine, salt, lemon rind, and 2 cups flour. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed with electric mixer. Add 2 cups more flour and eggs; beat 3 minutes. Stir in almost all remaining flour, using enough flour to make a soft dough.

  • Knead dough on floured board until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Place in lightly greased bowl. Cover with greased waxed paper and a tea towel. Let rise in warm place 75 - 85 degrees F (25 - 30 degrees C)until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  • Punch down dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured board, and knead in raisins, candied fruit, and nuts. Shape into two round loaves. Place each in a well greased, 9 inch, round cake pan. Cover with tea towel. Let rise in warm place until doubled, 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C) for 45 to 55 minutes. Remove from pans immediately. Cool on wire racks.

  • Mix together confectioners sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons water, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Spoon onto loaves. Decorate with cherries or almonds. Alternatively, dust loaves with confectioners sugar.

Nutrition Facts

307 calories; protein 7g; carbohydrates 51.5g; fat 8.7g; cholesterol 49.4mg; sodium 281.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2007
A nice light recipe fruity and not too sweet. I used chopped almonds. I took it to work for a pot luck and it went fast. Read More
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3 Ratings
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2008
This was good. Not excellent though. I probably won't make it again -- just wasn't what I was looking for! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2007
A nice light recipe fruity and not too sweet. I used chopped almonds. I took it to work for a pot luck and it went fast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2011
I used honey instead of sugar omitted the candied fruit and used chopped dried pears to substitute for the raisins and candied fruit and substituted sunflower seeds for the pine nuts. I made my own glaze recipe and decorated with seasonal cherries. Delicious! Read More
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