INGREDIENTS
Servings: 8
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
Lucky New Year Bread
Prep:
30 m
Cook:
3 h 10 m
Ready in:
3 h 40 m
DIRECTIONS
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F/190°C/Gas Mark 5 and beat 1 egg with 1 tbsp water to prepare egg wash.
  5. 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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