Barmbrack (Irish Bread)

Ingredients

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup scalded lukewarm milk
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup grated lemon and orange rind, mixed
  • More soft butter
  • Extra sugar

Instructions

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter, eggs, cinnamon, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat smooth.
  2. Stir in raisins, rind and enough flour to handle dough. Knead; place in greased bowl.
  3. Let rise in warm place for 2 hours.
  4. Punch dough down; divide in half. Place in greased pans; brush with butter.
  5. Let rise until doubled, 50 to 60 minutes.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes.
  7. Brush with more butter and sprinkle with sugar.

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