Ingredients

 (cooking time: 3 hr 10 min; 8 servings)

  • Warm milk – ½ cup + 2 cups
  • Active dry yeast – 1 package (1/4 oz)
  • Bread flour – ½ cup + 6 cups
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • White sugar – ½ cup
  • Ground cinnamon – ½ tsp
  • Ground nutmeg – ½ tsp
  • Butter – ¾ cup + 2 tbsps, melted
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature + 1 egg, beaten
  • Water – 1 tbsp
  • Almonds – ½ cup, chopped

Instructions

  • Add ½ cup warm milk, ½ cup flour and yeast into a small bowl, mix well. Let stand for 45 minutes in a warm place to prepare sponge.
  • When sponge doubles in volume, add the remaining flour into a large bowl. Make a pit in the center and fill it with sponge, sugar, salt, spices, 3 eggs, 2 cups milk and ¾ cup melted butter. Knead with your hands to make stiff dough.
  • Place dough into a prepared springform pan, brush with 2 tbsps melted butter. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until the dough rises to double (up to 90 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F/190°C/Gas Mark 5 and beat 1 egg with 1 tbsp water to prepare egg wash.
  • Insert a silver coin into the risen dough. Brush the bread with egg wash, sprinkle with almonds and pop in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
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