from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN
2 1/2 c. flour
2 pkgs active dry yeast
3/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
In a large mixer bowl combine 2 1/2 c. flour, 2 pkgs yeast, and ground cardamom. In a saucepan heat milk, sugar, butter or margarine, and salt, just till warm (115° to 120°).and the butter is almost melted; Stir consistently. Add heated milk mixture to flour mixture; add 1 egg. Beat at low speed of electric mixer for 1/2 min. Beat 3 min at high speed, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Stir in chopped mixed candied fruits, raisins, and as much of 2 to 2 1/2 c. flour as you can mix with a spoon.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 min total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover’ let rise in a warm place till double (about 1 1/2 hour)
Punch dough down’ divide dough in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Shape into 2 round loaves; place on greased baking sheets. Flatten each slightly to a 6 inch diameter. Cover; let rise till nearly double (45-60 min). Stir together 1 slightly beaten egg yolk and 2 tbsp water; brush over loaves. Bake in a 350° oven for 35 minutes or till done. Cool on a wire rack.
In a mixing bowl combine 1 c. sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and enough milk to make of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled loaves. Decorate with almonds and candied cherries, if desired. Slice to serve. Make 2 round loaves.
Submitted by: Jennifer L