Cranberry Raisin Almond Strietzel Bread

Recipe by KellyC
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READY IN: 1hr 50mins
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Grease a baking sheet lightly with butter.
  • Combine yeast, sugar and 1/2 cup of warm water in mixer bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Pour rum over the raisins and cranberries.
  • Add flour, salt, milk, eggs, butter, vanilla and lemon zest to the mixing bowl containing the yeast mixture. On a mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix all ingredients for dough for 2 minutes at slow speed followed by 6 minutes at fast speed.
  • Add the rum soaked berries and mix for 2 minutes more.
  • Rest the dough covered for 20 minutes.
  • Punch down and divide dough into 2-1 lb. loaves.
  • Cover and allow to relax for 20 minutes.
  • Cut each loaf into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece by hand into a long approximately 12-20 inch strip. Braid the 3 pieces together.
  • Place the braided loaves on the buttered baking sheet, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Combine 1/2 cup water with 1 beaten egg yolk and brush the braided loaves.
  • Brush a second time with the egg wash and sprinkle with slivered almonds.
  • Bake at 400°F for 20-22 minutes.
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