Holiday Yeast Bread Wreath

Course : Breads
Serves: 1 loaf
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Ingredients:

1 package Dry yeast
1/4 cup Warm water
1/2 cup Milk
3 tablespoons Sugar
1/4 cup Butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon Salt
2 large eggs -- beaten
3 1/2 cups Plus flour
---Filling:
1/4 cup Softned butter or margarine
1/4 cup Flour
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 package red glace cherries -- (3 oz)
1 package green glace cherries -- (3 oz)
1 piece candied -- Lemon peel
1 teaspoon Almond extract
1 packages slivered almonds -- (2 oz)
 

Preparation / Directions:

Dissolve yeast in warm water and blend in warm milk, sugar, butter and salt and eggs. Gradually beat in flour to form a soft dough. Gather dough into a ball and knead until smooth about 5 to 7 minutes. Place dough in large greased bowl and cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Meanwhile make filling:Cream butter, flour and sugar and stir in remaining ingredients and chill. Punch down dough and roll out to a 10 x 30 inch rectangle.Sprinkle filling on dough to within 1 inch from edges.roll up dough lenghtwise securing edges with a little water and pinch firmly.Cut roll in half lengthwise; turn halves cut side up.Loosly braid the two halves keeping cut side up. transfer to baking sheet and form into a circle, securing ends and pinching together to seal. Bake 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden; transfer to rack to cool. Frost with a powdered sugar frosting.


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