Vaisiu Pyragas -- Fruit Bread (Lithuania)

Recipe by Sydney Mike
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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 30
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large bowl whisk together yeast, JUST 1/2 cup of the sugar, milk, JUST 3 cups of the flour & salt, combining until smooth, then cover & let stand for 1 hour.
  • After the 1 hour, add the 4 ounces of melted butter, eggs, another 1/2 cup of sugar & the remaining flour, & knead until smooth & elastic, about 5 minutes.
  • Add chopped fruits, raisins & nuts & knead until well incorporated, then cover & let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • In a small container, mix 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon & set aside, then grease two large loaf pans.
  • Divide dough in half &, on a lightly floured surface, roll each half, one at a time, into a rectangle about 12 inches by 16 inches.
  • Spread each half with melted butter & the sugar/cinnamon mixture, then roll the dough up lengthwise & tuck in the ends before placing them in the prepared loaf pans.
  • Cover pans with greased plastic wrap & let rise until doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F & bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F & bake 50 minutes longer.
  • Turn loaves out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • If desired, the loaves can be served plain, dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with a vanilla icing.
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