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Ingredients

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup mixed candied fruit, chopped
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Additional candied fruit, optional

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add evaporated milk, sugar, shortening, salt, eggs and 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in fruit and enough remaining flour to form soft dough. Do not knead. Place in greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double, about 1-1/2 hours. Punch dough down. Turn on a floured surface, knead 3-4 minutes. Pat evenly in a greased 10 inch tube pan. Cover and let rise until nearly double, about 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from pan to cool on wire racks. Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and drizzle over bread. Makes 1 loaf.

Marjorie L. Fisher
Davenport



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