Easter Fruit Loaf
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Make this fruit and nut filled yeast bread to serve for Easter breakfast or brunch. The raisins, candied lemon peel, almonds, and touch of cardamom combine to make a delicious bread that can be served plain or toasted and spread with butter or cream cheese.
Recipe type: Dessert | Yeast Bread | Fruit Bread
  • ½ cup warm milk (110 to 115 degrees) (preferably whole milk)
  • ¼ cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
  • 1½ packages active dry yeast (2¼ teaspoons plus 1⅛ teaspoons)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for work surface
  • ¾ cup almonds, coarsely chopped
  • ⅓ cup Candied Lemon Peel, chopped into small pieces
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup golden raisins
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine warm milk, warm water, and yeast; stir and let sit until yeast is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Add sugar, melted butter, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, cardamom, and salt; stir to mix. Add 2 cups flour; stir until well mixed. Stir in remaining flour to form a soft dough. Add almonds, candied lemon peel, raisins, and golden raisins; stir to mix. Tip: the dough is thick and stiff; you may need to knead the fruit and nuts into the dough with your hands.
  2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board; knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  3. Place dough in a well greased bowl; turn dough over once to grease the top. Cover bowl with a small kitchen towel and let dough rise is a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  4. Prepare one large baking sheet; light grease with shortening.
  5. Punch dough down. On a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board, roll the dough into a 15 inch by 9 inch rectangle. Fold one long side of the dough over to the middle, and then fold the other side over to form a long loaf shape.
  6. Cover and let loaf rise is a warm place until doubled in size, about one hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Bake: Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until loaf is a light golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from oven. Place pan on a wire cooling rack to cool.
Recipe Adapted from Best of Baking by Annette Wolter and Christian Teubner
Recipe Notes
Pan: One Large Baking Sheet Pan Prep: Greased Oven Temp: 375° Yield: 1 Loaf Storage: Covered, Room Temperature

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