• Preparation Time 25 minutes
  • Baking Time 25 minutes
  • Makes 1 loaf
  • Freezing Excellent


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  • Dough
  • 3/4 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 2 1/4 cups Robin Hood® Best For Bread Homestyle White Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
  • Fruit Mixture
  • 1/3 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • Extra flour for kneading
  • Icing, sifted (optional)
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp Crisco® Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Serving Size: 1 loaf


Serving Size: 1 loaf

  • Dough: Add ingredients for dough to machine according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Select dough cycle. Remove dough to lightly floured board; cover with tea towel and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Knead candied fruit and raisins into dough, adding extra flour if dough becomes sticky.
  • Divide dough into 3 sections. Roll each section into 16" (40 cm) long rope. Braid the 3 ropes together. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Leave straight or shape as desired, i.e.: wreath, candy cane etc. Cover with tea towel. Let rise in warm place (75°- 85°F/24°- 29°C) until doubled (30 to 40 minutes).
  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Bake on middle rack 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden. Remove from baking sheet immediately; cool on wire rack.
  • Icing: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. If mixture is too dry, add extra water a few drops at a time. If mixture is too wet, add extra icing sugar until desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled bread.


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