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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion
~ Christmas Bread ~
7 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 pkgs Dry or Rapid Rise Yeast
1 1/2 cups plus 1 T warm milk
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup chopped dates or pitted dates, snipped
1 cup red candied cherries, halved
1 cup mixed candied fruit, finely diced
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup sugar
1 t salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
whole walnuts or pecans and cherry halves, to decorate
In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour and undissolved
yeast. Stir in 1 1/2 cups milk and water; blend well.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap; let rise at room
temperature for 2 hours. Combine dates, cherries,
candied fruit and chopped walnuts; set aside. Stir
1 egg, sugar, salt and butter into yeast mixture.
Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough.
On floured surface knead dough until smooth and
elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Knead in fruit mixture.
Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover;
let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size,
about 60 - 90 minutes. (With Rapid Rise Yeast, cover
kneaded dough. Let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.
Proceed with recipe.) Punch dough down; divide into
either 2 or 4 equal pieces. Roll to two 8×12 inch or
four 7×11 inch rectangles. Roll up from short ends as
for jelly roll; pinch seams and ends to seal. Place,
seam sides down, in either two 9×5 inch or four 7×3
inch greased loaf pans. Cover; let rise in warm,
draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 to 60
minutes. Beat remaining egg with 1 tablespoon milk;
brush on loaves. Decorate with whole walnuts and cherry
halves. Bake at 350F for 50 - 60 minutes or until done,
covering with foil after 40 minutes to
prevent excess browning.
Makes 2 large or 4 small loaves
For gift giving, wrap loaves with Saran Wrap then wrap
with Christmas kitchen towels. Embellish wrapped loaves
with Christmas greenery and ribbon. Add gift tag. An added
touch...give wrapped loaves in a gift basket with a small
bread board and bread knife.
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