A German Christmas treat. This recipe was handed down by my great grandmother to my grandmother to my mother.
INGREDIENTS (for 3 servings):
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 5 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ounce active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup candied citrus peel
- 1/2 cup candied cherries
Scald milk. Add sugar, butter, and salt, and cool to lukewarm. Add 2 whole eggs, and 2 yolks. Mix.
Add to 3 cups flour and yeast in food processor. Process and let rise until double.
Add cardamom, raisins, citron, and cherries, and rest of flour. Process and put on floured board and knead. Let rise in greased bowl.
When risen, cut into 3-4 pieces. Roll each into an oval, butter, and fold in half lengthwise. Put on greased baking sheet, cover, and let rise until double.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 25 minutes.
Remove to rack. When cool, frost with white butter frosting and decorate with candied cherry halves and sprinkle with colored sugar.