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                           GIFT CHRISTMAS KUCHEN
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 Serving Size  : 2    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Breads
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       pk           Active dry yeast
      1/4   c            Sugar
      1/4   c            Warm water (105F-to-115F)
      3/4   c            Butter -- at room temperature
    1                    Lemon -- Grated peel only
                         -(no white attached)
    1                    Orange -- Grated peel only
                         - (no white attached)
      1/2   ts           Dried mace
    1 1/2   tb           Ground coriander
                         -or anise seed
    1       t            Salt
    2                    Eggs -- at room temperature
    2 1/2   c            Bread flour (or more)
      3/4   c            Warm milk (105F-to-115F)
   If you want to give a friend a special holiday gift,
   put a bright ribbon around this bread. When tightly
   wrapped, it freezes well for 1 to 2 months.
   PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F. Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon
   sugar in warm water. Beat 1/2 cup butter in food
   processor until light. Gradually add remainder of
   sugar as you beat butter. Add lemon and orange peels,
   mace, coriander and salt. Add yeast mixture. Add eggs,
   1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and
   then milk. Add enough flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to
   make soft dough. Knead dough until elastic and smooth.
   Place dough in oiled plastic bag or oiled bowl and
   turn to coat. Seal or cover with plastic wrap and let
   rise at room temperature until doubled, about 1 hour.
   Turn out dough on floured surface, punch down and cut
   into 2 pieces. Shape each into rectangular loaf and
   place on greased baking sheet. Melt remaining 1/4 cup
   butter and use to lightly brush tops of loaves.
   TO PRESENT AS A GIFT: Make paper ribbon strips the
   width of your gift ribbons and tie the bread loosely
   with the paper strips; secure with paper clips,
   leaving enough room for the breads to rise. The paper
   will leave marks for the position of the gift ribbons.
   Cover the loaves with plastic wrap and let rise in a
   warm place until doubled, 30-to-40 minutes. Bake
   loaves about 30-to-45 minutes. Remove and place on a
   rack to cool. Remove the paper strips. Replace strips
   with bright ribbons. Makes 2 Loaves
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