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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a small saucepan, heat milk, 6 tablespoons of the butter and the granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is almost melted and an instant read thermometer registers 110 degrees F to 115 degrees F.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, yeast, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. Add the warm milk mixture, eggs, sweet potato, orange peel and lemon peel. Beating with an electric mixer for 4 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to stir in raisins and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.

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  • Turn dough 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 minutes). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease dough surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).

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  • Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Divide one half into three equal portions. Shape each into a 10- to 12-inch rope. Place ropes, side by side, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Braid ropes together, starting from the center. Pinch ends to seal. Repeat with remaining dough. Brush loaves with some of the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (40 to 60 minutes).

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  • Bake loaves in a 375 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until golden brown and loaves sound hollow when lightly tapped. Brush with remaining butter; cool. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and enough orange juice to reach drizzling consistency. Drizzle over loaves. Makes 2 loaves (24 servings total).

Nutrition Facts

190 calories; 4 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 110 mg sodium. 120 mg potassium; 34 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 15 g sugar; 4 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 1166 IU vitamin a; 3 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 2 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 52 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 20 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;

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