Sugar Frosted Fruit Bites
Flurry of Fun
Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Makes 48 bites

Ingredients

Sponge

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup lukewarm water
2 teaspoons instant yeast

Dough

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
6 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup non-fat dry milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Fruit

1/2 cup diced candied orange peel
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup diced candied cherries
2 tablespoons rum
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Vanilla Sugar

3/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping

Powdered sugar

Instructions

For Sponge

1. Mix all purpose flour, water and yeast in small bowl
2. Rest at room temperature for one hour

For Fruit

1. Mix candied orange peel, golden raisins, candied cherries and rum in small bowl
2. Rest at room temperature for one hour until rum is absorbed

For Dough

1. Combine sponge, all purpose flour, softened butter, dry milk, sugar, salt and vanilla extract in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook
2. Knead to soft, shiny dough. Add soaked fruit and any liquid to the dough and knead until combined.
3. Cover dough and rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats
5. Turn the dough onto a floured cutting board. Cut dough into 48 pieces and roll into logs that are approximately 1/2 in wide by 1 1/2 long. Place on prepared baking sheet leaving 1 inch between each piece. Cover and rise for 45 minutes or until puffy.
6. Preheat oven to 350°F.
7. Bake fruit bites for 18-20 minutes until light brown. Cool for 10 minutes.

For Vanilla Sugar

1. place melted butter in small bowl
2. Stir sugar and vanilla extract together in small bowl and set aside.

To Serve

1. Coat baked fruit bites in melted butter , then roll in vanilla sugar. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
2. May be stored at room temperature for one week or freeze for up to 3 months.