Birthday Kringel

6 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups warm cream
1/2 cup butter
3 egg yolks
1/2 to 1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. dried yeast
1/2 tsp. saffron crumbled into ¼ cup boiling water
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp. salt
Juice, grated rind of 1 lemon and 1 orange
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 1/2 cups golden raisin, washed and dried

In 1/4 cup of warm water, mix 1 tsp. sugar and sprinkle yeast on top. Let stand for ten minutes.
In large bowl, combine cream, yeast and 3 1/4 flour. Mix well. Cover and let rise.
Whip butter with sugar and eggs. Add to risen dough. Add juice, rinds, saffron, cardamom, and salt. Add remaining flour with raisins. Mix until smooth then cover and let rise.
Place dough on floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Grease large cookie pan and preheat oven to 350F. Stretch dough into wide, long strands with tapered...

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