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1 1/4 cups butter or margarine, softened
2 cups milk
1 cake yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
5 eggs
4 egg yolks
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange flavored liqueur, optional
grated zest of 2 oranges
grated zest of 1 lemon
9 - 10 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups currants
1-1/2 cups raisins
1-1/2 cups golden raisins
1 cup chopped slivered almonds
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour

Place yeast in a small bowl, and pour warm water over it. Stir with a spoon
to break up the yeast. Set aside for 2 to 3 minutes. In a small saucepan,
scald milk. Add 1 cup butter or margarine, and stir until melted. Remove
from heat, and let cool until lukewarm. In a mixing bowl, beat 4 eggs and
egg yolks with an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Add sugar and
salt, and continue to beat until mixture is thick and pale. Add vanilla,
orange-flavored liqueur, zests, and yeast mixture. Combine. Beat in 4 cups
flour gradually. Add milk mixture alternately with remaining 4 cups flour
while beating on medium speed. Add up to an additional 1 cup flour if the
dough is sticky. Mix in currants, raisins, golden raisins, and almonds.
Transfer dough to a clean large bowl. Knead using a large wooden spoon until
the dough pulls away and doesn't stick to the spoon, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Transfer dough to a large buttered bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with
plastic wrap. Place in a warm place until dough reaches the top of the bowl,
about 1 to 2 hours. Punch the dough down, re-cover the bowl, and allow to
rise again.

Butter 3 angel food cake pans. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup flour,
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, brown sugar, and cinnamon to form
crumb topping. Sprinkle evenly among the 3 pans. Preheat oven to 350F.
Punch the dough down again. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead for 1 minute. Cut into thirds, and transfer dough to prepared pans.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow to rise to the top of pan. Beat
remaining egg, and brush the top of the dough. Bake until golden brown and
hollow sounding when tapped, about 30 to 45 minutes. Immediately turn out
onto a cooling rack so bread does not stick to the pan. Cool.




   

 

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