Wednesday, December 31, 2008

BBD#15 Glenda's Christmas Bread

I know this recipe is in here, but I have revised it to put into the BBD #15: Festive Breads by   I am glad I added the walnuts as I think it makes a better tasting bread. Here is the recipe!

Glenda’s Christmas Bread

Sprinkle these two ingredients in a large bowl and let proof for 5 minutes:

1 package of yeast

¼ cup warm water (105˚)

Slowly start adding the following ingredients and stir as you go:

1 ½ cups sourdough starter – freshly fed

1/3 cup sugar

½ cup butter, melted and cooled

3 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup pomegranate juice (I used POM® brand)

1 cup whole-wheat flour or whole spelt flour

1 cup shredded zucchini

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup walnuts - chopped

Now start adding the flour:

5 cups bread flour (up to a cup more for dusting and kneading)

Pour this out from bowl onto flour dusted counter top or table and knead for about 5-10 minutes, adding a little flour at a time until the dough is not sticky to the touch.

Grease a large bowl with a little oil and put the dough into this bowl. Cover and let rise about 1-1 /2 hours, free from drafts.

Take dough out of bowl onto lightly flour dusted counter top or table and start to form the dough into the shape you want, a tree, a wreath or can put into*2 large loaf pans. Cover and let rise about 1 hour.

Bake in preheated oven, 350˚ for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and surface springs back when touched with your fingers.

Made 1 tree and 1 wreath, can use loaf pans, makes *2-3 loaves (depending on your size pan). Decorate as you wish. The other main difference between this bread and the one on Nov 21, is that I didn't had red food coloring, so when baked this just looks as if it is all wheat bread. We really enjoy this recipe.


ostwestwind said...

That looks beautiful, thanks for stopping by

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Natashya said...

Your breads are so pretty! Perfect for the season.
I always have an easier time if I use sourdough in conjunction with yeast - I think my Canadian climate needs the extra boost!

Mary said...

These breads are so pretty. I'm sure the bread was enjoyed by all who tasted it.