Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Wreath Bread

1 pkg. yeast
¼ cup warm water
2 ½ cups warm milk
¾ cup butter
1 egg
½ tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp. cardamom
7 cups flour

Mix as for bread, knead until smooth. Let rise on board for 1 ½ hours.

Divide dough in half; cut each half into three pieces. Roll the pieces into long "snakes" and braid three of them together. Braid the second loaf. Form each braid into a circle, pinch ends together firmly, let rise 40 minutes. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Pour glaze* over warm bread. Decorate with halved maraschino cherries (holly berries), artificial holly leaves, and a large ribbon bow.

2 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup milk
1 tsp. lemon extract

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