This traditional holiday Mexican bread is a bit time-consuming, but absolutely worth the effort.
Mix 4 cups flour, eggs, egg yolks, 2/3 cup white sugar, water, dry yeast, orange zest, lime zest, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter; mix until dough is elastic and shiny, about 5 minutes.
Form dough into a ball. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.
Punch down dough gently; roll into a long cylinder. Join the ends of the cylinder together in the shape of an oval ring. Place ring on a greased baking sheet; cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Whisk eggs whites in a small bowl. Brush egg whites evenly over dough.
Mix 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup butter in a small bowl with your fingers to form a paste. Add enough flour to give paste the consistency of Play-Doh®; divide into 5 or 6 balls. Place each ball between two 3-inch squares of parchment paper. Press with the bottom of a 1-cup measuring cup to make a circle about 1/8 inch thick.
Space circles evenly around the dough ring. Arrange candied citrus peels on top of the dough.
Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes before slicing.
Per Serving: 397 calories; protein 8.3g; carbohydrates 56.7g; fat 15.5g; cholesterol 126mg; sodium 138mg.
The quality of the flour can make a real difference to your bread. Different brands do vary. Great taste or Canadian flours, which are bet higher in gluten, may give you a best rise than standard dough flours – especially if you’re make wholemeal bread , which not always getting bigger as well as clear bread.
To made this in a breadmaker , add all the menus to your breadmaker and follow the makers instructions.
A dough’s first rising can be done in the fridge overnight . This slows down the time it takes to rise to double its size, giving it a deeper flavour. It’s also a great limit , as you can work it yesterday , then clear it off the next day.