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Russian Holiday Bread

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Makes

2 loaves (12 slices each)

I modified a recipe I found in a cookbook to create this yeast bread chock-full of raisins and candied fruit. The cardamom gives it marvelous aroma and a delectable flavor. I give loaves of this bread out as gifts during the holidays, and the recipients are always pleased to receive it.—Loraine Meyer, Bend, Oregon
Russian Holiday Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped blanched almonds
  • 1/4 cup each chopped candied citron, orange peel and red cherries
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the eggs, milk, sugar, butter, salt, lemon zest, cardamom and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Beat in the almonds, citron, orange peel, cherries and raisins. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Shape into two loaves. Place in two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 163 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 237mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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