- Auntie Anne’s® Baking Kit (dough mix, yeast, cinnamon sugar)
- ½ cup dried raisins*
- ½ cup dried dates*
- ½ cup dried cranberries*
- ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)*
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 cup orange juice, apple cider or water
- 1 egg (for egg wash)
- Baking sheet 18” x 13”
- Nonstick spray
Use the instructions that came with your baking kit to complete this step, or view our Dough Preparation instructions.
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- Prepare dried fruits. Pour dried fruits into a microwaveable
container and cover with orange juice, apple cider or
water. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and packet of cinnamon
sugar. Microwave to melt the butter, about 1 minute on
high. Stir and let it sit about 15-20 minutes allowing the
fruits to plump. Strain and discard most of the liquid.
- Dough Preparation. Empty yeast packet into the bowl of
a stand mixer, add 1 cup lukewarm water 105°F (water
temperature must not exceed 115°F) and let sit about 2
minutes. Add dough mix, strained fruit and chopped nuts
to yeast/water mixture. Using dough hook, mix on low for
1 minute, then increase speed from low to medium low
and continue to mix for an additional 4 minutes. Dough
will be soft and slightly tacky. Place dough in a bowl
coated with nonstick spray and cover with plastic wrap.
Place bowl in a warm spot for 45 minutes.
- Divide risen dough into 4 equal parts. Roll 3 parts into
ropes 15” in length and place onto the sprayed baking
sheet and braid. Divide remaining part into 3 parts and
roll into 10” ropes and braid. Place smaller braid on top
of larger braid. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise an
additional 30 minutes.
- Combine 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl
and whisk to create an egg wash. Brush with egg wash and
bake in a preheated oven for 40 minutes.
Optional: Sprinkle some powdered sugar and a few pecans
across the top of the baked Christmas bread as desired.
*Feel free to substitute your favorite dried fruits or nuts.