- Exported from MasterCook
2 Preparation Time :
Categories : Ethnic Cakes
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method -- -- --
1 c Candied cherries
1/4 c Marsala
3 3/4 c All-purpose flour
1/3 c Granulated sugar
1/2 ts Salt
5 ts Quick-rising dry yeast
1/4 ts Freshly grated nutmeg
2/3 c Unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c Milk
1/2 c Water
1 t Vanilla
2 Egg yolks
1 Zest of half an orange
1/2 c Nuts
1/2 c Green candied pineapple
1 Powdered sugar for dusting
-on the top
An Italian Christmas is not complete without this high-domed cylinder
of fruit-studded sweet bread. This recipe has an option of using the
microwave to make the bread rise.
Soak the cherries in the wine.
In the processor bowl fitted with steel blade, combine flour, sugar,
salt, yeast and nutmeg. Pulse to mix. Cut butter into pieces and arrange
on the top. Pulse to blend so that it almost disappears.
In a glass measure, combine the milk and water. Microwave on high
about 40 seconds (see power levels), then with a fork, whisk in the
vanilla, eggs, and egg yolks. With the processor motor running,
drizzle the liquids very slowly into the flour mixture processor.
Process 60 seconds. Add orange zest and pulse to mix. Transfer to
large glass mixing bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
To use the microwave for bread rising, place the bowl in the
microwave. Place an 8-ounce glass of water in the back of the
microwave. Lower the microwave to low (see power levels). Place the
3 minutes. Rest for 3 minutes longer. Rest for 6 minutes, or until the batter has risen to double in bulk and is bubbly and light.
45 to 60 min.
When dough has doubled in bulk, stir the batter down, then stir in the
cherry mixture, nuts and candied pineapple until well distributed.
Grease generously and lightly flour two, 1-pound coffee cans. Cut a
parchment or wax paper circle to fit the bottom of each can and add
it, dusting and flouring it as well. Spoon the batter into the cans,
filling about halfway. Press down slightly. Let rise in a warm, draft
free place until nearly doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Just before popping it in the oven, cut an X in the tops of the
loaves with a razor. Italian bakers put a blob of butter into the cut.
325 degrees for 1 hour, or until evenly browned and a skewer
stuck in the center comes out clean. Remove immediately to a rack to
cool, then 15 minutes later, slide the cakes out of the pans and lay
them on their sides to continue cooling. Dust with powdered sugar
while warm. When cooled, wrap in plastic to store. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -