Traditional Holiday Fruit Bread

Traditional Holiday Fruit Bread Recipe

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A classic holiday loaf, studded with nuts and dried fruit, is wonderful on Christmas morning


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3 Hr 40 Min
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  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 1/4 c
    lukewarm water ( 95 to 105 f)
  • 1/3 c
  • 1/3 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c
    plus 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 medium
    eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp
    lemon zest, grated
  • 3-3 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/3 c
    golden raisins
  • 2 Tbsp
    white wine or water
  • 1/2 c
    mixed candied fruit, chopped
  • 1/3 c
    almonds, chopped ( about 1 1/2 ozs)or pecans

How to Make Traditional Holiday Fruit Bread


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan, heat butter,sugar,milk, and salt over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter has melted and sugar has dissolved. Cool to warm ( 105 to 115 F)
  3. Stir butter mixture into yeast mixture. stir in eggs and lemon zest. Stir in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.
  4. On a floured surface, knead dough until smooth and elastic,(5 to 10 minutes), adding more flour to prevent sticking. Place dough in a large greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover loosely with a damp cloth, let rise in a warm place until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours)
  5. Mix together raisins and wine (or water), let stand one hour.
  6. Grease a baking sheet. Drain raisins. Mix together raisins mixed dried fruit and nuts.
  7. Punch down dough. On a floured surface, knead fruit mixture into the dough until evenly distributed. 10 minutes.
  8. Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough into an 18 by 12 inch oblong shape. Fold dough over lengthwise. Place on a the prepared baking sheet. Cover loosely with a damp cloth, let rise in a warm place until doubled (1 Hour)
  9. Preheat oven to 375 F . Bake stollen until golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes. Transfer stollen to a wired rack to cool. Dust with confectioners sugar.

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About Traditional Holiday Fruit Bread

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids

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