1/2 c. golden raisins
1/2 c. currants
1/2 c. diced citron
1/2 c. chopped candied or glace cherries
2 tbsp. rum or brandy
4 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, plus additional 1/2 c. as needed
2 (1/4 oz.) pkg. active dry yeast (2 scant tbsp.)
1/3 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
4 tbsp. butter, cut up
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 c. (2 oz.) slivered blanched almonds
Combine raisins, currants, citron, cherries and rum in medium bowl and let stand 1 hour.
Stir together 2 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in large bowl. Heat milk, 1/2 cup water, butter and lemon rind in small saucepan over low heat just until warm (115 to 120 degrees). Add to flour mixture along with eggs and almond extract. Beat at low speed of electric mixer until flour is moistened. Beat at medium speed 3 minutes.
Stir 1/2 cup flour into fruit mixture. Stir fruit mixture, almonds and enough remaining flour into batter to make moderately stiff dough.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 8 minutes. Shape into ball and place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place (80 to 85 degrees) until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down, cover and let rest 10 minutes. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and divide in half. Pat or roll each half into 8×14 inch oval and spread lightly with softened butter. Fold dough in half lengthwise, bringing upper half not quite to edge of lower half, and press firmly along edge to secure. Place loaves on lightly greased 15×10 inch baking sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes.