Festive Yule Loaf
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Makes 2 loaves
|2-3/4||cups all-purpose flour, divided|
|1||package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast|
|1/2||cup (1 stick) butter or margarine|
|1/2||cup golden raisins|
|1/2||cup chopped candied red and green cherries|
|1/2||cup chopped pecans|
|Vanilla Glaze (recipe follows, optional)|
- Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Heat milk and butter over medium heat until very warm (120° to 130°F). Gradually stir into flour mixture. Add egg. Mix with electric mixer at low speed 1 minute. Beat at high speed 3 minutes, scraping side of bowl frequently. Toss raisins, cherries and pecans with 1/4 cup flour in small bowl; stir into yeast mixture. Stir in enough of remaining 1 cup flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl; turn to grease top of dough. Cover with towel. Let rise in warm, draft-free place about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Punch down dough. Divide in half. Roll out each half on lightly floured surface to form 8-inch circle. Fold in half; press only folded edge firmly. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Cover with towel. Let rise in warm, draft-free place about 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake loaves 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool completely on wire rack. Drizzle with Vanilla Glaze, if desired. Store in airtight container.
Combine 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 4 to 5 teaspoons light cream or half-and-half and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl; stir until smooth.
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