Italian Christmas Bread!
This is my adjusted recipe, which makes a moister bread than the ones you may have bought at stores!
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons Honey
1 stick butter, softened to room temp.
2 packages dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 eggs and 2 egg yolks (fresh eggs!)
1/2 cup candied orange peel, chopped small
1/2 cup dark raisins
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
5 1/2 cups flour
( Save 3- 1 pound size- tin coffee cans to bake 3 breads. OR you may bake in mini loaf pans to give as gifts, or 2 regular loaf pans)
Heat the milk in saucepan, add the sugar and butter. Remove from heat and let come to lukewarm. Stir.
In mixing bowl add yeast to the warm water, to dissolve. Add the milk mixture, the eggs, orange peel, lemon peel and raisins. Add 2 cups flour. Stir well. Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time. Knead dough until smooth and slightly elastic. Will be a bit sticky. Knead for 15 minutes. Plop out into a large buttered bowl. Cover with plastic. Allow to rise, in a warmish spot, until doubled in size. After rise, place dough onto floured surface. Divide into 2 pieces. OR -- how ever many loaves you intend to bake. Shape and place into greased pans. Allow to rise, covered again about 1 hour. Bake in hot oven, which has been set at 350 degrees. Bake until golden brown, depending on loaf size, about 40 minutes.