I love to bake this Christmas bread recipe at home! I make this one pretty often actually, but especially at the end of another year! It is a delicious treat for breakfast or even as a little bite to go with your cup of coffee or hot chocolate in the afternoon. Excellent quality time to relax!
This is a simplified version.
I only used a dried fruit mix and nut mix to my bread dough. However I also add chopped apples from time to time. I’ve also seen version of this Christmas bread with orange zest, orange blossom water and raisins that were soaked in rum.
If you feel like adding one or more of those ingredients, I would say: go for it!
There’s also another very popular Christmas version. At least it is a classic here in Europe. Bakers wrap their Christmas bread dough around a small log of almond marzipan before it goes into the oven.
Which makes it a kind of Christmas bread that goes by the name of stollen!
Have you heard of it before?
The hubs absolutely adores stollen. It is a tad too sweet for me though.
But I will eat it of course!
Christmas Bread Recipe from Scratch
You can give your Christmas bread a nicer look.
Just sprinkle the baked log in the end with a little icing sugar right before you intend to serve it.
Here’s another idea as well. You can also brush your dough with a little egg wash before it goes into the oven. That will result in a deep golden color and glossy surface. Beautiful!
Do you love baking sugary breads at home?
Then you should also check out another recipe here on my blog: my deliciously moist and golden banana bread from scratch!
And how about my zucchini bread then?
- 2 ⅓ cups pastry flour (300 g)
- ½ cup caster sugar (110 g)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup unsalted butter (110 g), cold
- 4,5 oz quark cheese (120 g)
- 3,5 oz dried fruit mix (100 g), chopped
- a handful dried nut mix chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
- 2 medium eggs
- Pour the pastry flour in a blender and then add the diced cold butter, baking powder and caster sugar.
- Pulse into a dry mix. Add the quark cheese, both eggs and lemon juice (optional).
- Pulse one last time into a sticky and moist dough.
- Then pour the dough onto a clean and well-floured surface. Start kneading it for 2 minutes.
Add extra flour if it feels too sticky. Add the dried fruits and nuts of your choice. Knead well again until all the ingredients are fully incorporated. Then shape the dough into the shape of a loaf and place it on a baking tray you lined with a sheet of baking paper.
- Bake the Christmas bread in a preheated oven at 325°F (160°C) for 45 to 50 minutes. Then remove the bread from the hot oven and let it fully cool on an oven rack. Slice it up (sprinkled with a little icing sugar if you like) and serve.