Let’s Talk #8

Lets Talk Lets Talk!

Welcome to the Let’s Talk weekly discussion meme!

Originally hosted by Melissa from i swim for oceans, Smash & Kt took her original inspiration, and made it their own, expanding it to more than just books. Let’s get personal (but respectfully so) and learn more about one another!  Each week, a different question will be posted along with a place to link up your posts and visit other people’s responses. This meme is definitely meant to bring out conversation and meet new people. So, Let’s Talk!

Please share your favorite Holiday recipe. And if you don’t have one or cook, then go find one that sounds YUM-O! Feel free to include pictures.

I’m not a big fan of Christmas food, maybe it’s because for me desert is always better and the turkey is the big star in this holiday. I don’t cook much, so the photos and the recipe are from the web. My favorite dish is Panettone and I’ve ate already about 5 of them so far and christmas is only next week. I love the chocolate version better, of course!

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 1 loaf

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 1/4 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup dried currants

  • 1/4 cup raisins

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted(optional)

Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine yeast, water and sugar. Cover and let stand 10 minutes, or until foamy. Add eggs, yogurt, vanilla, lemon zest, and salt. Mix well. Stir in flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough forms into a manageable ball. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes, adding flour as necessary, until dough is soft and pliable, but not sticky. (May need up to 5 cups flour.) Place dough in a large, lightly pan-sprayed bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and spray a round 8-inch cake pan with non-stick spray. In a small bowl, toss dried fruit with confectioners’ sugar. Punch down dough in bowl, transfer to floured surface, and knead in the fruit.
  3. Form dough into a ball, place in prepared cake pan, cover loosely with dish towel, and let rise 30 minutes. (Loaf will rise above the pan sides.) Brush with melted butter, if desired. Bake for 45 minutes, or until loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 10 wedges.

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