This Danish-Inspired Christmas Bread brings a unique twist to the festive table, blending the traditional flavors of Christmas with the soft, cake-like texture reminiscent of Danish pastries. Unlike the dense, fruit-laden loaves typical of the season, this bread boasts a lighter crumb and a delightful filling of quince and sweet potato jellies, with optional raisins for added sweetness. It’s a festive recipe that marries the essence of a classic holiday bread with the delicate texture of a sponge cake.
Why You’ll Love This:
The bread’s soft, airy texture is a pleasant surprise, offering a less heavy alternative to traditional Christmas breads. The inclusion of essences like orange and sweet fillings adds a depth of flavor that’s both refreshing and comforting. Whether you’re a fan of sweet breads or looking for something new to try this holiday season, this Danish-inspired creation is sure to impress with its unique blend of tastes and textures.
Perfect for holiday breakfasts, as a dessert after a festive dinner, or as a thoughtful homemade gift for friends and family. Its elegant appearance and delightful flavor profile make it a versatile addition to any holiday celebration, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s brunch.
Once cooled, dust the bread with powdered sugar for a festive, snowy look. You can also drizzle it with a simple icing made from powdered sugar and orange juice for added sweetness and a hint of citrus. Garnishing with candied orange peel or a sprig of holly adds a decorative touch that brings out the holiday spirit.
- 500g sifted all-purpose flour
- 10g dry yeast
- 80cc warm milk
- 150g sugar
- 1 tbsp orange essence
- 100g soft butter
- 10g (1 tbsp) honey
- 3 eggs
- 1 egg yolk mixed with 2 tbsp water (egg wash)
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 150g quince jelly
- 150g sweet potato jelly
- 150g hydrated raisins (optional)
- Mix milk, yeast, 2 tbsp flour, and 1 tbsp sugar in a bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled.
- Create a flour well, adding salt around the edges. Add the pre-ferment, eggs, orange essence, and honey. Gradually incorporate the ingredients, then knead, adding butter midway through. The dough will be sticky; wet your hands slightly for easier handling.
- Let the dough rise until doubled, or refrigerate for a cold rise over 24 hours.
- Divide the dough in two, roll out into rectangles, and spread with fillings. Roll up, cut into two sizes, and place in prepared baking pans.
- Let rise again, preferably in the fridge for 24-48 hours for best results.
- Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F). Brush the loaves with egg wash, bake for 15 minutes, then brush with melted butter and bake for an additional 40 minutes, totaling 55 minutes.
- Cool completely before decorating.
Enjoy this Danish-Inspired Christmas Bread as a delightful addition to your holiday feast, offering a light and flavorful alternative to heavier seasonal breads. Its sweet filling and soft texture are sure to make it a new favorite.