A New England Holiday Bread With Olde World Roots Recipe

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  2. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of the sugar in the water. Add and dissolve the yeast and dry milk.
  3. Stir in the whole wheat flour and spices.
  4. Cover and let this mixture work for 2 hours.
  6. While the sponge bubbles away, melt the butter over very low heat.
  7. Remove it from the heat and add the balance of the sugar and the dried fruit of your choice.
  8. After 2 hours, blend this into the sponge.
  10. Add the salt and then the unbleached flour a cup at a time, mixing thoroughly until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  11. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until it begins to feel as if it belongs together.
  12. Let it rest while you clean and grease your bowl.
  13. Continue kneading the relaxed dough until it feels smooth and springy.
  14. RISING:
  15. Form dough into a ball, place it in the greased bowl, turning it so the top is greased, cover and place it where it will be warm and cozy.
  16. Because this is a sweet dough, we are using double the amount of yeast.
  17. Even so, the rising period may take longer than usual, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  19. When you can poke your finger in the dough without it bouncing back, knock it down, turn it out onto your floured board, and knead out any stray bubbles.
  20. You can divide this dough in two pieces and bake it in two bread pans or bake it as two round free-form loaves.
  21. For a grander offering, bake it as one large round loaf. Place the shaped dough in lightly greased bread pans or on a baking sheet.
  22. Let the dough rise until almost doubled again.
  23. BAKING:.
  24. Fifteen minutes before you bake the bread, preheat your oven.
  25. Two loaves: Preheat to 350°F and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  26. One large loaf: Preheat your oven to 400°F Bake for 1 hour, lowering the temperature 25°F after the first 15 minutes and every 15 minutes thereafter (your final baking temperature should be 325°F).
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1248.72 Kcal (5228 kJ)
Calories from fat 154.81 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.2g 26%
Cholesterol 41.08mg 14%
Sodium 1713.05mg 71%
Potassium 1351.14mg 29%
Total Carbs 300.34g 100%
Sugars 66.72g 267%
Dietary Fiber 8.31g 33%
Protein 17.06g 34%
Vitamin C 747.8mg 1246%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 6%
Iron 10.2mg 56%
Calcium 1471.2mg 147%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 238.08 Kcal (997 kJ)
Calories from fat 29.52 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.28g 26%
Cholesterol 7.83mg 14%
Sodium 326.6mg 71%
Potassium 257.6mg 29%
Total Carbs 57.26g 100%
Sugars 12.72g 267%
Dietary Fiber 1.58g 33%
Protein 3.25g 34%
Vitamin C 142.6mg 1246%
Iron 1.9mg 56%
Calcium 280.5mg 147%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 25.6
  • 38

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar

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