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Christmas Bread

Christmas Bread
Holiday Treats
Ingredients
  • 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
How to make the dough
Preparation
Watch our dough preparation video below, or use the instructions that came with your baking kit for best results.
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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