Christmas Spiral Bread
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Similar to a fruit bread with candied cherries and toasted slivered almonds. Uses a frozen loaf of sweet bread dough.
1 loaf (14 to 16 oz) frozen sweet bread dough
1/3 cup chopped red candied cherries
1/3 cup chopped green candied cherries
1/4 cup chopped toasted slivered almonds
1 slightly beaten egg white
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a 14 x 9 inch rectangle.
Combine candied cherries, almonds and egg white. Spread over dough. Beginning at short ends, roll each side up jelly-roll style to center. Place dough double roll side up in prepared pan. Cover, let rise until loaf just comes to top of pan.
Combine egg yolk and water. Brush over loaf. Bake in 350 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Drizzle or spread with icing.
Mix 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon milk until smooth. Add more milk a few drops at a time to desired consistency.
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