Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,649 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: St. Barbara's Bread

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt.
  • 1/2 tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp. warm water (105-115°)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1-1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • Confectioners' Icing (see recipe)
  • whole almonds (if desired)
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 3 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin: Austria

Spicy bread fitting reminder of St. Barbara, chided by her father according to legend for giving bread to the poor. In Rauris, Austria, miners (whose special patron is St. Barbara) celebrate the day with this special bread.

December 4 was the universal feast of St. Barbara, until the revision of the General Roman Calendar. She was a saint that presented historical difficulties. Her feast is still December 4, but only celebrated locally in various areas.

DIRECTIONS

Heat milk, sugar, butter, and salt to warm (105-115°). Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Combine yeast mixture, milk mixture, egg, lemon juice, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Add 1 cup flour and slivered almonds. Mix thoroughly. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth — about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double — about 1 hour. Punch down dough. Divide into thirds. Make 3 ropes and braid. Place on greased baking sheet. Let rise in warm place until almost double — about 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350° oven 35-40 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack. Frost with Confectioners' Icing. If desired, decorate with almonds.

Recipe Source: Festive Bread Book, The by Kathy Cutler, Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 1982
Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Could respect for the papacy mean resisting the Pope? 2 hours ago
The Church Moves On, Slowly October 24
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6