Dec 12, 2014

Rich Holiday Fruit Bread

Many thanks to Red Star Yeast for bringing you this delicious Holiday Fruit Bread~

Every Christmas Eve, my mom would make Christmas Bread. It was so good right out of the oven, and it might have been even better the next day for Christmas breakfast. When I saw this recipe on the Red Star Yeast website, I hoped it might taste a little like my mom's. It tasted exactly like my mom's.


Rich Holiday Fruit Bread is slightly sweet, with just the right amount of candied fruit bits, currants, and raisins. As it bakes, it fills your home with the cinnamon-rich aroma of the holidays. It's wonderful plain, and even more festive with a snowy glaze drizzled on top.

The recipe makes two loaves, and you'll be glad it does. I chose to braid one loaf, and baked the other one in a regular loaf pan.

I'll be making this again on Christmas Eve. What are some of your holiday baking traditions?

Please visit Red Star Yeast for the complete recipe for Rich Fruit Bread, detailed instructions, and handy baking tips.

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Cooks Notes: It's not difficult to braid bread. After the first rise, just divide the dough for one loaf into three equal portions. Form the portions into long thin rolls or ropes, each about 15 inches long. Lay the three ropes on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet, all in a row, side by side, touching. Pinch the three ropes together at one end and tuck the pinched edge under to secure. Braid the ropes, then pinch the ends together and tuck under the loaf. Cover and let rise a second time, then pop it in the oven to bake. I brushed mine with an egg wash before baking to give it a warm sheen: whisk one egg with 2 teaspoons of water until completely combined. Brush loaf lightly with egg mixture right before baking.


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36 comments:

  1. Joy, this is such a beautiful picture. It makes me want to bake this right now. My mom alway had hot chocolate and cookies after candlelight services on Christmas Eve. Thanks for sharing this. Memories and food are always one of the best parts of Christmas holidays for me.

    Linda

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  2. Joy,

    BEAUTIFUL!! You missed your calling. You should be a famous bread baker. Every bread you bake turns out beautiful including this one. Thanks for encouraging me that I can bake bread too.

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

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  3. You take such gorgeous photographs Joy! It looks soo yummy! It's wonderful that you recaptured your mom's bread. That beautiful bread also looks a lot like our family favorite - Yulekage. Only Yulekage has cardamom in it.

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  4. Your bread looks amazing! Love your photos!! =)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. G'day and thanks for sharing this at at #SayGdayParty Joy! YUM!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  6. Wow, this looks so yummy both ways and so glad you found a recipe that tasted just like your moms, Joy and thank you for sharing with us :)

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  7. I love braided breads and this is gorgeous!

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  8. It looks fantastic!!
    We have a coming holiday (in about 2 months) in which we bake (and eat) with all kind of fruits.
    It's perfect for this holiday.

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  9. Those breads look delicious! They would be perfect on Christmas morning. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I love braided breads and the dots of color are so pretty!

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  11. This bread looks lovely and delicious! I should have guessed this was yours, Joy, from the link party, as you make such wonderful recipes and crafts. Thank you for sharing! :)
    Julie @ Sweet and Spicy Monkey

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  12. I am in love with this bread. I am making this next week for Christmas. Wish me luck that it turns out as beautiful as yours :) Thank you for sharing!

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  13. These breads look beautiful and so yummy. You are quite the artist!
    -Carole

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  14. This really is the perfect bread to make at Christmas. Love the colours in it, looks so pretty. Definitely a great breakfast treat :-)

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday at Smart Party Planning.

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  15. Joy, this looks so pretty and I bet it is just delicious! The glaze is literally the icing on the cake, or should I say bread. lol! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with SYC. Have a very Merry Christmas!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. The two loaves of bread look so decadent Joy! I can imagine the aroma of your kitchen while baking these. Pinned!

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  17. Looks amazing and I love the memories that go along with your bread. Thanks for linking to Show Me Saturday.

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  18. Your breads look so amazing! Pinned Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party! Your recipe is getting a shout out! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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  19. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

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  20. Such a pretty braided loaf! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us. I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

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  21. Looks delicious Joy~ One of my all time Holiday Favorites~Lynn

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  22. This bread is gorgeous, Joy! It looks just perfect!

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  23. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious Holiday Fruit Bread with Foodie Friends Friday this week. This is a delicious holiday treat everyone will enjoy. Pinned/shared.

    Happy Holiday!
    Joanne

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  24. What a great find on something so close to your mom's recipe! And they're are so pretty! When I first saw the braided bread, I thought it was challah bread. :-)

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  25. First off, let me say, this is a gorgeous loaf!! The specks of color are so festive! I haven't baked any bread in awhile, this loaf id really making me want to change that!

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  26. woohooo!!!!!!!!! Your fantastic fruit bread is being featured this week at MUNCHING MONDAYS!!!! We are so happy for you and excited! xo Nic

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  27. I've never tried braiding bread. It is gorgeous, Joy!

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  28. I'm back again to share that I'll be featuring this post tomorrow at Garden UP green on Tuesday's with a twist. Hope you stop by to link up!
    -Carole

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  29. This is fabulous! I love it. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party! I hope you stop by on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you. Merry Christmas! Lou Lou Girls

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  30. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on our Special Edition of Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a very special day and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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  31. Joy,your loaves are truly lovely. Pinned! This brings back memories of my grandmother making Christmas bread. Our family tradition is cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. Thank you for visiting my blog. It's fun to meet new bloggers, and I absolutely love yours. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

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  32. Oh Joy. .this bread looks so festive. I'm going to remember it for next year.

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  33. This bread looks soo delicious, Joy! That icing... mmmm!! Thanks for sharing at Your Turn To Shine!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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