Combine raisins, candied fruits and orange juice in a small bowl and set aside.
Scald milk; add 1/2 cup sugar, salt and 1/2 cup butter. Cool to lukewarm, stir to dissolve.
Sprinkle yeast on warm water, stir to dissolve.
Combine yeast, milk mixture, 2 cups flour, eggs, lemon peel and mace. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally, until batter is smooth. Stir in chopped almonds and fruits. Stir in enough remaining flour, a little at a time, to make a dough that leave the sides of bowl and that you can handle easily.
Turn onto lightly floured board; knead until smooth and satiny, about 5 minutes. Place in lightly greased bowl; turn dough over to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
Punch down dough; turn onto board, knead a few times and divide in half. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Roll each half into a 15" X 9" oval.
Melt remaining 1/2 cup butter and brush part of it over each oval.
Sprinkle with 2 T.. sugar mixed with cinnamon and sprinkle over the buttered dough.
Fold each oval lengthwise in half. Carefully lift folded-over loaves to a greased baking sheet and curve the ends slightly to form a crescent shape; press down the folded side slightly (not the open edges) to help the loaf keep its shape during rising and baking.
Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Bake in pre-heated ovan 350 degrees, for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
While hot, sift the powdered confectioners sugar covering the entire tops of loaves so that it looks like snow. Decorate with a few candied cherries.
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