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Best-Ever Raisin-Orange Bread

Best-Ever Raisin-Orange Bread

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  • Makes: 32 servings
  • Yield: 2 loaves (32 servings)
  • Prep 35 mins
  • Rise 2 hrs
  • Bake 45 mins

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Ingredients

  • 5 -5 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 orange peel, freshly shredded
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • Walnut Glaze (see recipe below)

Directions

  1. In a large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour and the yeast.
  2. In a saucepan, heat together milk, sugar, butter, water, orange peel, ginger, and salt just until warm (120 degree F), stirring constantly. Add to flour mixture; add eggs. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Add raisins.
  3. Using a spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. On floured surface, knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that's smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes). Shape into a ball and place in greased bowl; turn once.
  4. Cover dough; let rise in warm place until doubled (about 1-1/4 hours). Punch down. Turn out onto a floured surface; knead 1 minute. Cover; let rest for 15 minutes. Divide into 2 portions. Press each into a flat oval (9x7 inches); fold in half. Pinch seam closed. Pat to fit 2 greased 8-1/2x4-1/2x2-inch loaf pans.
  5. Place dough in prepared pans. Make three 1/4-inch-deep diagonal slashes across top of each loaf. Cover with waxed paper; let rise in a warm place until doubled (3/4 to 1 hour). Remove waxed paper and bake in a 375 degree F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until done. (Cover loaves with foil after 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning.)
  6. Spread Walnut Glaze over cooled loaves. Makes 2 loaves (32 servings).

Walnut Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons softened butter
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. In a bowl beat together powdered sugar, butter, and orange juice until glaze is a spreading consistency. Stir in finely chopped walnuts.

Nutrition Facts

(Best-Ever Raisin-Orange Bread)

Servings Per Recipe 32, chol. (mg) 23, sat. fat (g) 2, cal. (kcal) 174, calcium (mg) 20, vit. A (IU) 146, iron (mg) 1, pro. (g) 4, carb. (g) 28, vit. C (mg) 1, Fat, total (g) 5, fiber (g) 1, sodium (mg) 152

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