Auntie Anne's Christmas BreadBack to category
Auntie Anne's Christmas Bread
Make this for your family, or give it to someone as a gift!
- Time:3 hours
1Project 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.
2Preheat oven to 350?F.
3Pour 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.
4Empty 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.
5Divide 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.
6Combine 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.
7Sprinkle some powdered sugar and a few pecans across the top of the baked Christmas bread as desired.