I just wanted to add my Stolen recipe, someone had asked for it, and this was the easiest place to put it. The season is coming upon us :)
Preheat oven to 325 deg.
1- 1/2 cups lukewarm milk 1 tsp grated lemon peel
2 active dry yeast cakes 1 cup golden raisins
¼ lb butter 1 cup citron
¾ cup sugar 1 cup candied cherries
5 cups flour + ½ tsp salt
3 eggs confectioner sugar
½ tsp nutmeg
(Set on your dough) Place half the flour in a large bowl, shape it around the sides of the bowl, leaving a huge ditch in the center. Pour carefully the lukewarm milk into the center of the flour. Drizzle yeast over the milk, and sprinkle a Tablespoon of sugar over the yeast, to allow it to settle. Let sit till yeast is bubbly (active) Stir the flour and milk/yeast and let it set till it rises double in size.
Punch down the dough, and begin to mix in the remainder of the ingredients, except the fruit. When dough is too hard to mix with a spoon, use your hands continually adding flour till the dough is soft and doughy, and your hands don’t readily stick to it. (I found it can take a lot more flour) Kneading the dough is important, knead thoroughly, then add the fruit, and knead till the fruit is well mixed. Split into four loaves, roll them into a football shape, and fold over one side to the other, not even so the bottom portion is slightly wider.
Place on a cookie sheet, and let rise again, till double in size. Bake ¾ of an hour (or till slightly brown) and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool, then brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.