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Fruited Ricotta Bread

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
14 teaspoon salt
2 cups ricotta cheese
3 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
23 cup sugar
3 tablespoons chopped candied fruit
2 tablespoons golden raisins
1 tablespoon chopped almonds
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour cookie sheet. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the center and stir in ricotta, eggs, vanilla, sugar, candied fruit, raisins, almonds and lemon peel. Knead lightly until dough holds together. Shape into a 12 inch long loaf and place on the cookie sheet. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick comes our clean from the center. Transfer to a wire rack. Brush butter over the warm loaf. Sift confectioner's sugar over the top. Cool completely.

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