I want to take just a bit and "review" the previous post's topic. As I mentioned, yesterday was Epiphany, or Twelfth Night. We actually did sing "We Three Kings" at church.
THREE KINGS DAY BREAD
1/4 cup warm water (105-115F)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vannilla extract
1/3 cup mixed candied fruit
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2-2 tablespoons fat-free milk
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the warm water and 1 teaspoon of the granulated sugar. Sprinkle in the yeast and let stand until foamy, 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, the remaining granulated sugar, and the salt. make a well in the center and add the eggs, butter, vanilla, and the yeast mixture. Stir until the dough starts to gather around the spoon.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured counter; knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes, adding a little more flour if the dough becomes too sticky.
- Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray; put the dough in the bowl. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Punch down the dough, roll it into a 16-inch rope and join the ends to make a ring. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and place the dough ring on it. Decorate the top of the ring with the candied fruit pieces, pressing them into the dough slightly. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot until puffy, 30-45 minutes longer.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the dough with the egg yolk. Bake until golden and firm, about 30 minutes; transfer to a rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, combine the confectioners' sugar and milk in a medium bowl, stirring to make a smooth, thin glaze. Drizzle over the top of the cooled bread. Twelve servings.
|Ready for the oven.|
|Baked and ready to enjoy!|
Epiphany is observed as the day the Three Kings brought their gifts to baby Jesus. In some countries, children receive gifts on this day. There are several versions of this bread/cake that include a filling. Also, trinkets, including one of a baby, are often baked inside the cake. The person who receives the serving with the baby is the host for the Candlemas celebration.
The Pioneer Woman also has an entry on the cooking section of her blog telling about Epiphany Cake for her family's tradition.
Have a great beginning to a good week!
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