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 Serving Size  : 2    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Ethnic                           Cakes
                 Low-cal                          Holiday
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    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                    Eggs
    2                    Egg yolks
    1                    Zest of half an orange
      1/2   c            Nuts (pine nuts, walnuts,
                         -or hazelnuts)
      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
   dough in the microwave. Heat on low for 3 minutes. Rest for 3
   minutes. Heat on low for 3 minutes longer. Rest for 6 minutes, or
   until the batter has risen to double in bulk and is bubbly and light.
   Or let the dough rise in a warm draft-free place about 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.
   Bake at 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.
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