Paasiaisleipa ( Finnish Easter Bread)

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READY IN: 3hrs 45mins
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In large bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, orange peel, lemon peel, cardamom and salt.
  • Heat milk, water, and butter until very warm (120º to 130ºF).
  • Gradually add to dry ingredients and beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat at high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Stir in enough additional flour to make soft dough.
  • Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  • Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • (For Rapid Rise Yeast, cover kneaded dough; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes. Proceed with recipe).
  • Punch dough down; turn out onto lightly floured surface.
  • Knead in dates and almonds.
  • Divide dough in half; shape into 2 balls.
  • Place in 2 greased 8-inch round cake pans.
  • Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350ºF for 35 to 40 minutes, or until done.
  • Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.
  • Top with confectioners' sugar frosting, if desired.
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