Russian Coffee Can Cake (Kulich)

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

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Dissolve the yeast in the water.
  • Stir in the next four ingredients, 2 1/2 cups of the flour, the almonds, raisins and vanilla.
  • Beat until smooth then add in enough of the remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
  • Turn dough onto a floured board or counter and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough into a greased bowl, turn to coat.
  • Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  • Punch down dough and let rse again until almost doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half and roll each half into a well rounded bun shape.
  • Place each bun in a well greased 1 lb coffee can.
  • Cover and let rise until the dough starts to puff up over the top of the cans, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375 degrees on a low rack in the center of the oven for 45 minutes or until brown.
  • Let cool slightly then remove from cans.
  • Mix together all of the icing ingredients and pour over the cakes letting some run down the sides.
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