Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Bread

13-14 cups flour (we use wheat flour, grinding it ourselves)
2 tablespoons yeast
1/2 cup honey OR 1 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon salt
3 cups milk
1 cup oil
6 eggs
3-4 cups raisins (or to preference!)

Mix the yeast with 5 cups of flour, set aside. Heat the milk and oil, dissolve the salt and honey (or sugar) in the liquid. Pour over flour and yeast; stir gently. Add 6 eggs, and beat HARD for 3 minutes. Add the remaining flour, and knead for 10 minutes, adding raisins after 5 minutes. If doing this by hand, let it rise for an hour, punch down and then form the dough. Our family uses a Bosch, and it eliminates this step.

To form, take the normal amount of dough you would use for your bread pans (sizes differ!) and roll it out -- long and narrow, making it's width slightly smaller than your bread pan size. Brush with a very light layer of butter and vanilla, sprinkling LOTS of cinnamon on top. Roll up tightly, place in pan and let rise for 45-60 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 16-20 minutes, or until golden brown. After it cools, frost with a thick glaze frosting, sprinkling a hint of cinnamon on top. Slice -- and enjoy! Our family especially likes this toasted and buttered...if any of it lasts that long!!


Brittney said...

Oh wow, that looks DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing that recipe! I'll have to try it sometime ;)

Anonymous said...

That really looks good. With cinnamon bread and cookies baking, your house must smell wonderful all the time. Do the younger kids get to help beat up (OK, punch down) the bread?

It is really special the way you seem to work with and care about the younger members of your family. (I think it was one of things I first noticed about you 5 or 6 years ago when we saw you at Mt. Pleasant.

Looks like you're going to be on the road again soon. Hope you get to spend Christmas day somewhere special. Prayers are with you for a successful ministry and for a safe journey.

Richard, Your Old Threshers Fan

Elizabeth E Pruett said...

That looks delicious!

Josiah and Abi Wissmann said...

Let me tell ya all first hand, its realy realy good.

Kristi said...

Wow, that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us.


Anonymous said...

That is alot of Flour and raisins! How many loaves does it make? My mom was surprised when she heard how much ingredients it took. It sounds delicious. We too have a Bosch, so it will make it alot easier if we do get to making it! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas, everybody!

Anonymous said...

It looks delicious!


Bethany said...

Hey Esther! Yes -- it is a big batch, but then we're feeding a lot of people! This batch (with our loaf pan size) yeilds 8 loaves. Hm-mm-m!

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh, that looks so yummy! Just seeing the pictures makes my mouth water!:) Maybe we will have to try it sometime in the near future. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a very special Christmas!

Love to you!

GraceE... said...

OOH!Yummy!!! Looks SO delicious!