In a bowl add warm milk , a teaspoon of sugar and yeast.Let it poof for 10 minutes.
Add sifted flour,salt remaining sugar and lemon zest.Fold in dried cranberries and raisins.
Mix with hands until it combines to form a dough.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes.
Apply dry flour in a bowl and place the dough in it to rest for about 2 hours covered with cling film or towel.
Once the dough has risen take it out from the bowl and divide it into 9 equal parts.
Using the hands roll out each part into an equal sized strands.
Start braiding with four strands. Join.Join the strands together from one side .Start working with the extreme right strand.Take it over the next strand ,under the next strand and finally over the last strand.
Repeat the same steps till you reach on the end.Join all the strands together in the end.
Likewise braid the three strands and two strands bread.
Once all braids are done place them n a baking tray lined with parchment paper .Make a dent in the center of four strand braid to sit the three strand one and same way one dent on three strand to sit the two strand braid.
Cover the braids with tea towel to rest for about 30 minutes.Once rested preheat the oven to 350 F and brush with milk and place blanched almonds.
To prevent toppling insert skewers in the creases of braids.
Bake for about 40 minutes covered with aluminium foil.
Cool completely.Dust with icing sugar. Cut into slices and serve.