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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water; set aside.

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  • In a medium saucepan heat and stir milk, granulated sugar and salt just until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F). Using a wooden spoon, stir milk mixture, egg and 2 cups of the flour into the yeast mixture until combined. Stir in walnuts and raisins. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

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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 total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface of dough. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double in size (1 to 1-1/4 hours).

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  • Punch dough down. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grease a very large baking sheet*. Roll dough out to a 12x10-inch rectangle. Cut dough crosswise into twelve (1-inch) strips. On the prepared baking sheet, twist and weave 5 of the strips together, pinching together the ends and tucking them under the braid. Twist and weave 4 more strips together and place atop the first layer. Braid the remaining 3 dough strips and place atop the first two. Brush the loaf lightly with oil. Use 4 wooden or metal skewers, pushing in from the top, to secure layers.

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  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (30 to 45 minutes). Bake in 325 degree F oven 40 to 45 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped; remove skewers after bread is set. Cool bread on wire rack Drizzle with icing. Makes 1 loaf (24 servings).

Powdered Sugar Icing:
  • In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches drizzling consistency.

*Note:

If your oven will not hold a very large baking sheet, shape loaf on a lightly floured surface. Carefully transfer to a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Let loaf rise and bake as above.

Nutrition Facts

191 calories; 5 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 3 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 107 mg sodium. 115 mg potassium; 34 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 5 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 49 IU vitamin a; 0 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 2 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 65 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 30 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

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