Fruit & Berry Christmas Bread

I have been making this bread for all of my married life.  In fact, I am still using the same bread machine!
Yes, this is a bread machine recipe.  Can it get any easier than that?!  I love a yummy, easy recipe…
But this is actually the first year that I have not used the machine to bake the bread, and instead I just make the dough, shape it myself and bake it in the oven.
I discovered that I prefer shaping the dough and baking it myself – I like the results so much better!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp soft butter or margarine
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 2/3 cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped apricots (about 10-15)

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients, except the raisins and fruit, into the bread machine in the order listed above.
  2. If you are baking your bread in your bread machine choose the 'Bread' setting.
  3. Then add the raisins and fruit at the 'Fruit & Nut' signal.
  4. Let it bake!
  5. If you wish to bake your bread in your oven, choose the 'Dough' setting.
  6. After the dough is ready, remove it from the bread machine, and on a lightly floured surface, knead in the raisins and fruit.
  7. Shape your dough as you wish (I shape mine in an oval).
  8. Grease a cookie sheet, and put the dough onto the pan.
  9. Now you have to let the dough rise before baking:
  10. To do this, turn on your oven for 1 minute at 200 degrees, then immediately shut it off.
  11. Then place your dough in the oven and let it rise until it doubles in size (about 1 hour).
  12. After this time, remove the dough from the oven, then preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Bake your bread for 20-25 minutes.
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https://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/fruit-berry-christmas-bread/

(Recipe from the Safeway Select Magazine)
Look how delish this is!
Go ahead, make some!

Yummilicious Linking:
This Chick Cooks, Remodelaholic, Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, The Country Cook, At the Picket Fence

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9 Comments

  • Reply Bronwyn December 7, 2011 at 11:19 PM Oh my! Doesn't that look delicious! My kids are on a real "dried fruit" kick right now. I'll be sure to make this so that I can surprise them in their lunches soon!
  • Reply Donna December 9, 2011 at 6:10 AM Found you on Miz Helen's. I LOVEEEE how pretty this bread it...so colorful & cheerful! thanks for sharing:)
  • Reply Couscous & Consciousness December 9, 2011 at 10:41 AM Yes I like the results of using the "dough only" function on my bread machine and then shaping and baking myself. This looks like a great recipe.
    Sue :-)
  • Reply Miz Helen December 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM Hi Joanna,
    This bread is just perfect for holiday entertaining. We would just love this bread and will try it very soon. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen
  • Reply Low Tide High Style December 9, 2011 at 10:59 PM This looks so good, and perfect for Christmas morning!

    Kat :)
  • Reply mjskit December 10, 2011 at 4:01 AM I found you through Foodie Friday and so glad I did! What a great bread - great spices and all off the fruits - yummy! Good for you for bypassing the bread machine this year. Making bread by hand is such a nice tactile sensation. I've saved this to make it this year. Thanks for sharing!
  • Reply Loveforfood December 11, 2011 at 10:24 AM Oooo, I want these right now!
  • Reply Catie @ Catie's Corner December 12, 2011 at 3:44 AM Mmm, that looks soo good Jo-Anna! I don't have a bread machine, but I'm sending this recipe to my friend to make. : )

    ~ Catie
  • Reply Miz Helen December 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen
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