This Christmas Chop Suey Loaf is a wonderful fruit bread leavened with yeast.
Trivia:Citron, one of the ingredients in this bread, is a member of the citrus family.
Christmas Chop Suey Loaf Recipe
3/4 cup Sultana raisins
1/4 cup chopped citron peel
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3 cup chopped glace cherries (you can use maraschino cherries if you drain them well)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water, lukewarm
1 teaspoon sugar
1 package yeast
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon. Use two teaspoons if you're particularly fond of this spice.
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour (second amount)
Heat the milk to scald and remove from heat to cool. Stir 1 teaspoon of sugar into the 1/4 cup of warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over top of this. Stir and leave for about ten minutes or until the yeast is frothy.
In a separate bowl, mix the first amount of flour and the spices together.
In a large mixing bowl, perhaps using a good mixer, cream the butter with the brown sugar until it is light. Beat in the egg. Next, stir in the lukewarm milk and the yeast liquid. Add the sifted dry ingredients and beat until smooth. The dough should be elastic at this point.
Add the fruits and nuts. Beat again.
Burn the dough onto a kneading board and knead in the remaining flour. Use as much of this flour as you need, but do not use it all if the dough appears to be too stiff.
Roll your Christmas Chop Suey Loaf dough into two balls and put in greased or non-stick loaf pans. Cover and let rise until double in size.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Bake for approximately forty minutes or until done. Brush softened butter over the top and remove from pan to cool on racks.
This Christmas Chop Suey Loaf is great for your holiday breakfast or brunch.