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Bread of the Dead

Bread of the Dead recipe
photo by:kraft
30 min
4 hr 25 min
9 servings
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What You Need

pkt.   (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast (about 2-1/4 tsp.)
cup   warm water (100°F to 110°F)
cups  flour
cup   sugar, divided
 Zest and juice from 1 orange, divided
tsp.  anise seed
 eggs, divided
oz.   (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed, softened

Make It

MIX yeast and warm water in small bowl; let stand 10 min. Meanwhile, mix flour, 2/3 cup sugar, orange zest and anise seed in large bowl of mixer fitted with dough hook attachment. Add yeast mixture; beat until blended. Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each until well blended. Add cream cheese; beat 5 min. or until blended, stopping occasionally to scrape bottom and side of bowl.

KNEAD dough on lightly floured surface 3 min.; shape into ball, mixing in up to 1/2 cup additional flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Place in large bowl sprayed with cooking spray; cover with clean kitchen towel. Let rise in warm place 1 hour 30 min. or until doubled in volume. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Set 1 piece aside; divide each remaining piece into thirds. Shape each of the 9 smaller pieces into ball; place on 2 parchment-covered baking sheets.

DIVIDE remaining dough into 10 small pieces; set 1 aside. Divide remaining 9 pieces in half, then shape each piece into 7-inch-long bone-shaped piece. Place 2 bones, in cross-cross pattern, on top of each dough ball on baking sheet. Shape reserved piece into 9 small balls; place each ball in center of each "x." Cover; let rise in warm place 1 hour 30 min. or until doubled in volume.

HEAT oven to 375°F. Beat remaining egg; brush over dough. Place in oven; immediately reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 25 min. or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush with orange juice; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Cool completely.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
Enjoy your favorite foods on occasion but remember to keep tabs on portions.
Kneading Dough By Hand
If you don't have a mixer, place the dry ingredients on a clean work surface. Make well in center of the ingredients; add 4 eggs. Using clean hands, blend eggs into dry ingredients until well blended. Add cream cheese; knead until well blended.
How to Avoid Dry Ingredient Measuring Mistakes
If you're often interrupted while baking, try this method to avoid measuring mistakes. Once the flour is in the bowl, add the other dry ingredients in separate spots to the flour. That way you can see at a glance that you only added 1 tsp. of the baking powder so far and none of the salt.
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