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Sweet Italian Holiday Bread

This is authentic ciambellotto, a sweet loaf my great-grandmother used to bake in Italy. I still use her traditional recipe—the only update I made was for using modern appliances. —Denise Perrin, Vancouver, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (20 slices)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, orange zest and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and oil until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  • Shape into a 6-in. round loaf on a greased baking sheet. Brush top with egg yolk; sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cover top loosely with foil during the last 10 minutes if needed to prevent overbrowning. Remove from pan to a wire rack; serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 197 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 87mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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