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About this recipe: This traditional Italian Christmas bread is also suitable for breakfast and morning or afternoon tea. Enjoy!

Lacey Lynn

Serves: 12 

  • 1 tablespoon dried active baking yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 120g (1/2 cup) low-fat plain yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • melted butter (to brush, optional)

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:2hr40min 

  1. In a medium bowl, combine yeast, water and caster sugar. Cover and let stand 10 minutes, or until foamy. Add eggs, yoghurt, vanilla, lemon zest and salt. Mix well. Stir in flour a little at a time until dough forms into a manageable ball. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes, adding flour as necessary, until dough is soft and pliable but not sticky.
  2. Place dough in a large, lightly greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Lightly grease a round 20cm cake tin. In a small bowl, toss dried fruit with icing sugar. Punch down dough, transfer to floured surface and knead in the fruit.
  4. Form dough into a ball, place in tin, cover loosely with the tea towel and let rise 30 minutes. (Loaf will rise above the tin sides.) Brush with melted butter, if desired. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, or until loaf is golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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