Ah, the smell of home baking, freshly baked bread, and winter spices all combined into one… the humble ‘Christmas Bread’. If you’ve been reading my blogmas posts this year, you’ll know I’m a big fan of home baking and love sharing my festive recipes with you. I also enjoy experimenting with different flavours and creating new recipes to share with you. Essentially, it’s a typical bread loaf with a Christmas twist.
Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy!…
Christmas Bread Recipe
- 550g Strong White Flour/Bread Flour
- 1tsp Salt
- 1tsp Sugar
- 1tbsp Cinnamon
- 1tbsp All Spice
- 1 7g Sachet Dried Yeast
- 25g Butter
- 350ml Warm Water
- Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix in the salt, sugar, cinnamon and all spice.
3. Once combined, add in the dried yeast.
4. Then, add the butter. Using your hands, rub the butter into the mixture creating a breadcrumb-like texture.
5. Next pour in the warm water and use your hands to turn the mixture into a dough.
6. After about 5 minutes of kneading by hand, put onto a floured surface and begin to knead for 10 minutes.
7. Knead and stretch the dough to activate the gluten. Once combined, roll out ready to be placed into a mould. Or, create your desired bread shape and place onto a oiled baking tray.
8. Spread the mixture into the mould, pushing lightly to make it even. Then, cover with a clean, damp tea towel and place in a warm area for around 1-2 hours. This will allow your dough to prove.
9. Preheat the oven to 230° and bake the bread for 30-35 minutes. The bread will be cooked when you can tap on the bottom and it sounds hollow.
10. Turn your bread out of your mould or allow to cool on a baking tray.
11. Sprinkle some snow (plain flour) on top and serve with all the festive trimmings. Would be perfect for a cheese board with a variety of spreads and chutneys.
Hmm… It smells and tastes amazing! I definitely recommend trying this recipe over Christmas time, even as toast in the morning!
3 days to go!
Love, Abby x