- Yield: 3 loafs
- Prep Time: 20 min to make, 2 x 30 to rise dough. minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Serving: For Family
Traditional Newfoundland Christmas Fruit Bread
If you are looking for a delicious recipe for Christmas Fruit Bread look no further, I have a recipe here that is so good you will be making enough bread to freeze for all year around. When I think dried fruit, I think fruit cake and hot cross buns, but having more recipes that you can make with dried fruit is lovely.
I love braiding and braiding dough is no different it is so lovely, and when this dough is baked the bread is festive and ever so delicious.
How delicious is this Christmas Fruit Bread, and the inside is so beautiful. This recipe and method is super easy to make, just give it a try you will love it.
When I have left over dough I love to make extra things with it like, bread buns and touton.
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Please continue on with the recipe in question, Traditional Newfoundland Christmas Fruit Bread. Enjoy
- Flour - 7-8 Cups
- Yeast - 2 Tbsp
- White Sugar - 3/4 Cup + 1 Tbsp for Yeast
- Vanilla - 1 Tbsp
- Unsalted Butter - 1/2 Cup
- Sea Salt - 1/2 Tsp
- Eggs - 2 Large
- Mixed Dried Fruit - 2 Cups
- Water - 1 Cup
- Milk - 2 Cups Fresh or Evaporated
Please Note: Anytime you are working with dough you may need to add more flour or water to have that dough elasticity texture, don’t be afraid to work the dough by kneeing it a few extra times.
1 In a large bowl add 7 cups of flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and 2 cups of dried mixed fruit and peels, mix together until all blended, then make a whole in the middle.
2 In a measuring cup add 1 cup warm water and 2 tbsp of yeast, 1 tbsp sugar stir together and set aside to rise.
3 In a medium glass bowl add 1/2 cup melted butter, 2 cups warm milk, 2 beaten eggs, 1 tbsp vanilla mix together until all combined, making sure you don’t cook the eggs then pour in the middle of the flour mixture.
4 Then add the risen yeast in the middle of the flour and start mixing with a wooden spoon the liquid and flour all around until everything starts to come together.
5 After it starts to get hard to move the wooden spoon around in the bowl discard scoop and work the dough with your hand leaving one hand on the bowl and one for the dough, pulling the dough towards you and pushing it down into the bowl adding extra flour as needed.
6 When dough becomes a round ball flip it over, ( Optical, make the sign of a cross on top) then cut the dough with a knife, cover with a lid or a sheet of parchment paper and a towel, put on the counter in the sun or warm place in your kitchen.
7 Let rise until the dough is twice the size or more around 1/2 hour, then knee it down with your hand and rolling the bowl around to equally form the dough into a ball again. Cover put in a warm place again for another 1/2 hour.
8 Prepare 3 small bread pans or two bread pans and one cookie sheet or Bunt Pan with oil to make a christmas wreath with the dough.
9 Cut small pieces of dough off rolling it out wards and in under until you form a ball, place in the pan. continue doing this until you have pans full with three round dough balls each.
10 If you would like to make a wreath you will need three pieces of dough, then sprinkle flour over the counter then roll with your hands or the counter top the dough to make three long pieces of dough strings. Place the three of them down and pinch the top then make a braid out of the dough by folding each piece over the other until you are at the end.
11 Cover the dough and let rise until its twice the size or at less more then you started with, that could take 1 hour. After it have risen place in a 350ºf oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown depending on your oven.
12 When baked place on a cooling rack, glaze with butter over top and place a piece of parchment paper over with a towel to soften bread and to cool it down.
I love making bread anytime of the year, but making sweet breads always get me excited for christmas season. It don’t matter if its fruit bread or sweet molasses raisin bread, it always remind me of christmas. I will share with you a link to my Sweet Molasses Raisin Bread for you to make, this recipe is so delicious. Traditional Newfoundland Sweet Molasses Raisin Bread
I have another delicious recipe for homemade white bread I can share with you as well, this recipe is one I make every week and my Mom loves to get a bun of the dough to make toutons.
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