Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 cup currants

  2. 1/4 cup cognac

  3. 1 1/4 cups golden raisins

  4. 1/4 cup orange juice

  5. 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  6. 6 tablespoons sugar

  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground mace

  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  10. 1 cup milk

  11. 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus

  12. 3 tablespoons, melted

  13. 1/4 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)

  14. 2 packages active dry yeast (5 teaspoons)

  15. 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

  16. Grated zest of 2 oranges

  17. Grated zest of 1 lemon

  18. 3/4 cup chopped citron

  19. 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots

  20. 1 1/4 cups blanched almonds, coarsely chopped

  21. Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. « » In two separate bowls, soak currants in cognac and golden raisins in orange juice; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, salt, mace, and nutmeg; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup milk and 10 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Let stand until lukewarm, about 5 minutes.

  2. Pour 1/4 cup warm water into a small bowl; sprinkle with yeast, and let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Stir to dissolve yeast completely. Add the dissolved yeast, warm milk mixture, and eggs to the flour mixture. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, and knead until fairly smooth. Transfer dough to a large bowl.

  3. Add currants and raisins in their liquid, orange zest, lemon zest, citron, apricots, and almonds, and then work them into the dough with your hands. Transfer dough to work surface, and knead for about 10 minutes. If the dough is sticky, knead in more flour, but be careful not to overwork.

  4. Butter a large bowl with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat. Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Punch dough down, roll into a rectangle about 16 by 24 inches and 1/4 inch thick. Starting with a long side, roll up tightly, forming a long, thin cylinder. Carefully transfer dough to a Silpat- or parchment-lined baking sheet; join ends together, pinching with fingers if necessary to make it stick, forming a large circle.

  6. Using sharp kitchen scissors, make cuts along outside of circle, in 2-inch intervals, cutting 2/3 of the way through the dough. Twist each segment outward, forming a wreath shape with all the segments overlapping.

  7. Cover dough with a clean kitchen towel; set aside to rise for 30 minutes. Dough will rise only a little bit. Brush dough with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Bake until golden brown and crusty, about 45 minutes, rotating halfway through. Place baking sheet on a wire rack to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.


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