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This recipe for AUTUMN GRAPE CLUSTERS, by , is from GOURMET GIRLS COOKBOOK, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Debbie Marsilio
Added: Wednesday, April 15, 2009


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water

1 . In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour and the yeast. in a medium saucepan, heat and stir milk, butter, sugar and salt till warms
(120 to 130) and butter almost melts. Add to flour mixture; add the 3 eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping
sides of bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the remaining flour.

2. Place dough in a greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover; let rise in a warm place till doubled (about 2 hours). Punch the dough down. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.

3. Punch down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 10 portions. Cover and return all but 1 portion to refrigerator. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

4. To shape a grape cluster: With kitchen scissors, snip the 1 portion into 20 to 22 pieces, varying the sizes slightly. Set 4 small pieces aside.

5. To make the grapes, roll the remaining pieces into balls. Rub each ball with a little water as you assemble them together into a grape cluster.

6. On prepared baking sheet, build grape clusters, starting with 4 or 5 balls at the top of cluster and continuing in loosely organized rows, ending with 1 ball at the bottom of the cluster.

7. Shape tile reserved small pieces of dough into 2 leaves, a stem and a curly vine. If you like, use a knife to mark veins in leaves. Attach leaves, stem and vine to cluster. Repeat with remaining dough portions; keep dough chilled till needed. Cover clusters and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.

8. In a small mixing bowl, combine egg yolk and water; brush over grape clusters. Bake in a 375 oven for 12 to 15 minutes or till golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool completely on wire racks.

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