Preparation / Directions:
Pour milk into a small bowl. Add yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar, stirring until dissolved; set aside for 5 minutes. Into a large bowl, sift flour. Make a hollow in the center. Add 1/4 cup sugar, salt, butter, vanilla and the yeast mixture in the hollow. Mix well. If the dough is sticky, add flour, but the dough must remain moderately soft. Place dough on a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl; turn once to grease lightly. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until doubled in bilk. Punch down dough. Pat into greased 9 x 13-inch cake pan. Arrange apple slices on topof dough. Cover and let rise another 45 minutes or until doubled. Sprinkle top with almonds, raisins, cinnamon and 1/8 cup sugar. Bake in a preheated 375~F. oven 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack. To serve, cut into 2 x 3-inch strips.