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Scandinavian Christmas Fruit Bread Recipe

   
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Scandinavian Christmas Fruit Bread

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 C. warm water (105F to 115F)
3/4 C. lukewarm milk (scalded, then cooled)
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 egg
1/4 C. shortening
1/2 C. raisins
1/3 C. cut-up citron or mixed candied fruit
3 1/4 to 3 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
Butter or margarine, softened
Glaze

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large mixer bowl. Add milk, sugar, salt, cardamom, egg, shortening, raisins, citron and 2 cups of the flour. Beat on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched. Punch dough down; shape into round loaf. Place in greased 9-inch round layer pan. Brush top lightly with butter; let rise until double, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F. Bake until loaf is golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes. Brush with butter. Spread with Glaze. Cool on wire rack.

Glaze

1 C. confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 T. water

Mix confectioners' sugar and water until smooth and of desired consistency.

     

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