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German Stollen (Sweet Bread)

What you need: 

3/4 cup warm soy milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp.salt
1/4 cup veg. oil
1/4 cup warm water
1 pkg. yeast
3 cups flour (bread flour if you can find it)
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon (optional)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup lemon and/or orange rind (optional)

What you do: 

This is a fairly simple sweet vegan bread recipe that is oh so good in the morning or in the afternoon with a cup of coffee. I've seen my grandfather in Germany make this, but he never uses measurements. I personally need them!
Stir vegan sugar, salt and oil into warm milk. Put yeast into bowl and add warm water (from faucet). Add lukewarm soy milk mixture, 2 cups flour & cardamon. Beat until smooth. Add the rest of flour and start to knead on floured counter top until elastic. Put in a greased bowl, turning greased side up. Cover, let rise until doubled, ~ 1 hr. (** If it is winter, put bowl on oven set at a low temp -- warm to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help it rise faster. *BE PATIENT* :) The more it rises, the lighter and yummier it'll be). Shape into oblong shape, place onto a greased baking sheet. Brush with a little oil, cover, let rise until doubled ~45 min. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. At this point I have to try not to eat entire loaf! I always double recipe and freeze a loaf.
Yield: 1 loaf

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I make this at Christmas time, only I soak my golden raisins in rum and I add rum soaked currents, too.  :)>>>

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