Christmas Bread Recipe

Christmas Bread Recipe


  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water 105 to 115 degrees F
  • 1/2 cup nonfat egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup mixed candied fruit
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • Powdered sugar
  • Red candied pineapple


  • Heat milk and sugar in saucepan to scalding. Cool to lukewarm.
  • Combine yeast and warm water in mixing bowl, stirring until yeast is dissolved.
  • Add cooled milk mixture to yeast mixture in mixing bowl.
  • Stir in egg substitute, vanilla and salt.
  • Beat in 3 cups of flour and lemon zest.
  • Beat in remaining flour to make soft dough.
  • Knead in mixed candied fruit and raisins.
  • Knead about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  • Put dough in greased bowl and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down. Divide dough in half.
  • Roll first half of dough on lightly floured surface into oval about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Fold in half lengthwise.
  • Place on greased baking sheet.
  • Brush with half of melted butter.
  • Repeat with second half of dough.
  • Cover loaves and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Let cool to warm.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and decorate with candied pineapple or cherries.


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