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Best-Ever Raisin-Orange Bread

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  • In a large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour and the yeast.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.)

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  • Spread Walnut Glaze over cooled loaves. Makes 2 loaves (32 servings).

Nutrition Facts (Best-Ever Raisin-Orange Bread)

174 calories; 5 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 23 mg cholesterol; 152 mg sodium. 28 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 4 g protein; 146 IU vitamin a; 1 mg vitamin c; 20 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;

Walnut Glaze

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

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