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                                FRUIT BREAD
 
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Breads
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1       lb           Prunes
    1       lb           Figs
    1       lb           Dates
      1/4   c            Raisins
      1/4   c            Dried currants
    1       tb           Chopped candied citron
    1       tb           Chopped candied lemon peel
    1       tb           Chopped candied orange peel
      1/4   c            Chopped blanched almonds
    2                    Yeast cakes
    4 1/2   c            Sifted flour
      1/4   ts           Cloves
      1/4   ts           Cinnamon
      1/4   ts           Salt
 
   Soak prunes and figs 1 hour in just enough water to cover.  Add dates and
   cook gently in the same water for 20 minutes.  Remove fruit, chop and mix
   with other fruits and nuts.  Reduce liquid to 3/4 cup.  Cool to lukewarm,
   add yeast and stir until well blended.  Add 2 cups flour, beating well. Let
   rise until light and spongy.  Add spices, salt, fruit mixture and remaining
   flour to make a stiff dough.  Knead until smooth.  Let rise until doubled
   in bulk.  Shape into oval loaves, brush with slightly sweetened milk and
   sprinkle with split almonds.  Let rise again and bake in a 425 degree oven
   for 45 minutes.  Makes 3 loaves.  If desired, when cool, spread with icing
   and garnish with candied fruits and nut meats.
  
 
 
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