Dissolve 1 tablespoon of the sugar in the water. Add and dissolve the yeast and dry milk. Stir in the whole wheat flour and spices. Cover and let this mixture work for 2 hours.
While the sponge bubbles away, melt the butter over very low heat. Remove it from the heat and add the balance of the sugar and the dried fruit of your choice. After 2 hours, blend this into the sponge.
Add the salt and then the unbleached flour a cup at a time, mixing thoroughly until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until it begins to feel as if it belongs together. Let it rest while yo
Form dough into a ball, place it in the greased bowl, turning it so the top is greased, cover and place it where it will be warm and cozy. Because this is a sweet dough, we are using double the amount of yeast. Even so, the rising period may take longer t
When you can poke your finger in the dough without it bouncing back, knock it down, turn it out onto your floured board, and knead out any stray bubbles.
You can divide this dough in two pieces and bake it in two bread pans or bake it as two round free-form loaves. For a grander offering, bake it as one large round loaf. Place the shaped dough in lightly greased bread pans or on a baking sheet. Let the dou
Fifteen minutes before you bake the bread, preheat your oven.
Two loaves: Preheat to 350°F and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
One large loaf: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Bake for 1 hour, lowering the temperature 25°F after the first 15 minutes and every 15 minutes thereafter (your final baking temperature should be 325°F).