1 1/4 cups butter or margarine, softened
2 cups milk
1 cake yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
4 egg yolks
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange flavored liqueur, optional
grated zest of 2 oranges
grated zest of 1 lemon
9 − 10 cups all−purpose flour
1 1/2 cups currants
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups golden raisins
1 cup chopped slivered almonds
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all−purpose flour
Place yeast in a small bowl, and pour warm water over it. Stir
with a spoon to break up the yeast. Set aside for 2 to 3 minutes.
In a small saucepan, scald milk. Add 1 cup butter or margarine,
and stir until melted. Remove from heat, and let cool until lukewarm.
In a mixing bowl, beat 4 eggs and egg yolks with an electric mixer
with a paddle attachment. Add sugar and salt, and continue to beat
until mixture is thick and pale. Add vanilla, orange−flavored liqueur,
zests, and yeast mixture. Combine. Beat in 4 cups flour gradually.
Add milk mixture alternately with remaining 4 cups flour while
beating on medium speed. Add up to an additional 1 cup flour if the
dough is sticky. Mix in currants, raisins, golden raisins, and almonds.
Transfer dough to a clean large bowl. Knead using a large wooden
spoon until the dough pulls away and doesn't stick to the spoon,
about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer dough to a large buttered bowl,
and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm place
until dough reaches the top of the bowl, about 1 to 2 hours. Punch
the dough down, re−cover the bowl, and allow to rise again.
Butter 3 angel food cake pans. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup flour,
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, brown sugar, and cinnamon to form crumb topping. Sprinkle evenly among the 3 pans.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Punch the dough down again. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead for 1 minute. Cut into thirds, and transfer dough to prepared
pans. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow to rise to the top of
pan. Beat remaining egg, and brush the top of the dough.
Bake until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped, about
30 to 45 minutes. Immediately turn out onto a cooling rack so bread
does not stick to the pan. Cool.