Auntie Anne's Christmas Bread

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by Auntie Anne's Design Team

Auntie Anne's Christmas Bread

Make this for your family, or give it to someone as a gift!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time may vary based on ovens used and time needed to prepare dough. For better results, you may want to first read the instructions provided in the Auntie Anne's At Home Baking Kit or watch the video provided above.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 350?F.
  • 3
    Pour dried raisins, dried dates and dried cranberries 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.
  • 4
    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.
  • 5
    Divide risen dough into 4 equal parts. Roll 3 parts into ropes 15 inch in length and place onto the sprayed baking sheet and braid. Divide remaining part into 3 parts and roll into 10 inch ropes and braid. Place smaller braid on top of larger braid. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise an additional 30 minutes.
  • 6
    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.
  • 7
    Sprinkle some powdered sugar and a few pecans across the top of the baked Christmas bread as desired.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Supplies

  • Auntie Anne's Home Baking Kit 104576963
  • 13 inch x 9 inch Baking Pan
  • Nonstick Spray
  • Flour (a few teaspoons for dusting work surface)
  • Yeast Packet
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Dried Raisins (1 cup)
  • Dried Dates (1 cup)
  • Dried Cranberries (1 cup)
  • Butter (1 tablespoon)
  • Orange Juice or Apple Cider or Water (1 cup)
  • Warm Water (1 cup)
  • 1 Egg
  • Flour (a few tablespoons)
  • Pecans (1/2 cup)