Weihnachtsbrot

Weihnachtsbrot

This past Christmas, I made some recipes out of a vintage cookbook from the mid 1960s called Jingle Bells and Pastry Shells. I love these old books with their illustrations and stories about the recipes!

This recipe is for a semi-sweet Christmas cake/bread, full of dried fruit, candied peel, and nuts. It makes two loaves, so you can eat one and give one as a gift!

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Weihnachtsbrot


  • Author: Retrogirl
  • Prep Time: 2-1/2 hours, plus soaking time
  • Cook Time: 45-55 minutes
  • Total Time: 29 minute
  • Yield: 12 Slices 1x

Description

A semisweet Christmas loaf, full of candied peel, dried fruit, and nuts!


Scale

Ingredients

1/3 cup dried peaches

1/3 cup dried pears

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup candied cherries

1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1/4 cup candied citron

1 teaspoon candied lemon peel

2 Tablespoons brandy or vanilla extract

1/4 water

1 cup whole milk

1/4 cup melted butter

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup plus 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 envelope yeast

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 large egg

1/4 cup melted butter

2 cups confectioners sugar

heavy cream


Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine the peaches, pears, raisins, cherries, nuts, citron, and lemon peel. Sprinkle the brandy or vanilla over the fruit and nuts and let sit 8 hours or overnight.

To make the dough:

Heat 1 cup milk and 1/4 cup water to lukewarm, then stir in 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt.

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1 envelope yeast, 1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, and 1 egg. Pour in the milk mixture and combine. Beat in  2-1/2 cups additional flour, then knead for 10 minutes.

I like to knead with the dough hook for half the time and by hand for half of the time. 

Set the dough aside in a warm place and let it double in size.

Punch the dough down and knead an additional five minutes.

Knead in the fruit and place the dough into two greased and floured loaf pans.

Cover the dough and let double in size again.

Brush with melted butter and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until the loaves are nicely browned.

Let the loaves cool, then make an icing with the confectioners sugar and cream. 

Spoon icing over the loaves and let it dry before serving.


Notes

These loaves are great for gift-giving since the recipe makes two!

The cake is delicious as-is, but you can also omit the icing and serve with butter or cream cheese.

  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Baking
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