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Old-Fashioned Portuguese Sweet Bread

1/4 cup mashed or riced potatoes
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup instant dry skim milk
1/4 pound butter
2 pkgs active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
4 1/2 to 5 cups whole wheat flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
grated rind of 1 lemon
1 cup chopped candied orange peel
1 egg, beaten, for glaze
Freshly grated nutmeg

Combine potatoes, boiling water, honey, dry milk, and butter in a
mixing bowl, stirring well. Let cool to lukewarm. In a small bowl
proof yeast in warm water. Add to lukewarm potato mixture. Beat in
2 cups flour until mixture is smooth. Blend in eggs, salt, vanilla,
grated lemon rind, and candied orange peel. Gradually add flour to
form a workable dough. Knead until smooth and elastic. Place in
greased bowl, cover, and let rise to double. Punch down and knead
lightly. Cover, and rest 10 minutes. Divide dough in half and shape
into round loaves. Place on greased baking sheets, cover and let
rise to double. Before baking, brush with glaze made of beaten egg
and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool on
wire racks.


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