Serve this sweet yeast bread, flavored with dried fruit, anise seeds, and orange zest, for breakfast, dessert, or snacking.

1 loaf (16 servings)
20 mins
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  • 2 3/4- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup dry or sweet marsala or skim milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped mixed candied fruits and peels
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aniseed, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
In a large mixing bowl combine 1 cup of the flour and the yeast; set aside. In a small saucepan heat and stir the 1/4 cup milk, the honey, margarine or butter, and salt just until warm (120 degree F to 130 degree F) and margarine almost melts. Add to flour mixture; add the eggs and the marsala or milk. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in candied fruits and peels, raisins, aniseed, and orange peel. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
On a floured surface, knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Place dough in greased bowl; turn once to grease the surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours).
Punch dough down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Shape into a ball. Place on a greased baking sheet. Flatten into an 8-inch round. Cut a cross, 1/2 inch deep, in top. Cover; let rise until nearly double (about 45 minutes). Brush with mixture of the 1 beaten egg and water. Bake in a 325 degree F oven about 40 to 45 minutes or until golden. (If necessary, cover loaf with foil during the last 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning.) Cool on a wire rack. Makes 1 loaf (16 servings).

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 150, Fat, total (g) 3, chol. (mg) 40, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 26, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 4, sodium (mg) 100, Fruit () 1, Starch () 1, Fat () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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