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Easter Bread

Easter Bread

INGREDIENTS:

• 4 cups all-purpose flour

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1 packet (21/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


• 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom


• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


• 1/2 cup milk


• 1/4 cup unsalted butter


• 3 eggs


• 1/4 cup chopped candied orange peel


• 1/4 cup raisins (optional)


• 1/4 cup chopped almonds (optional)


• I egg, beaten (for egg wash)


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, yeast, salt, cinnamon, cardamom,
nutmeg) in a bowl.

2. Heat milk and butter until warm. Add grated orange peel.

3. Combine wet and dry ingredients, add eggs, then knead into a soft
dough.

4.Let dough rise until doubled in size (about I hour).

5. Knead in orange peel, raisins, and almonds (if using), then shape into loaves.

6. Let rise again until doubled in size (about 30-45 minutes).

7. Preheat oven to 3500F (1750C). Brush loaves with beaten egg.

8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

9. Cool on wire rack before slicing.

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