12C Th«ParisN»w«, Sun., Dec. 19, 1976 Christmas Wassail Bread Fragrant homemade yeast breads are the most irresistible attractions on the holiday spread. For sophisticated fare, try this Christmas Wassail Bread. It's perfect served to drop-in guests or to highlight your holiday buffet table. Christmas Wassail Bread is rich with butter, eggs and milk. A bonus of rum flavored raisins, a cinnamon-sugar cinnamon-sugar filling and a rum egg wash topping give it a delicious festive flair. The bread is great sliced and served plain or toasted. If you plan to do your holiday baking ahead, Christmas Wassail Bread freezes beautifully and can be kept up to two months in the freezer. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil or plastic wrap for best storage. If you want to speed the bread's thawing time, slice it before freezing. Perfect for gift-giving, Christmas Wassail Bread sends warm holiday greetings to special friends. Wrap the bread imaginatively — use sewing scraps, buttons, ribbons, attach inexpensive cooking utensils and other oddments. Add a lasting bonus to your present by gift wrapping it in an attractive serving plate, tray or basket. Or delivered on a cutting board or cookie sheet, your friends receive a double-dose of your thoughtfulness. California raisins, a traditional food throughout the holidays, impart a natural tart sweetness to the bread. Raisins are an ideal cooking ingredient because they keep baked goods moist and fresh tasting. WASSAIL BREAD 2 cups California raisins 'a cup dark rum 4l;> -5'/«> cups unsifted flour ;i j cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 package dry yeast : '.:i cup milk '4 cup butter 2 eggs (at room temperature) temperature) 3 tablespoons melted butter I 1 -, teaspoons ground cinnamon '•4 cup sugar Egg Wash: 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons dark rum Pour rum over raisins. Let stand while mixing dough. In a large bowl combine 1% cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, salt and undissolved yeast. Combine milk and butter in a saucepan. Heat slowly until WASSAIL BREAD — This freshly baked holiday raisin bread will make a well-remembered Christmas gift. It can be baked ahead and stored.