Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $39,095 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Christmas Bread

    INGREDIENTS

  • 2 packages active dry, or cake, yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup soft butter
  • 7 cups sifted all-purpose flour, divided
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped candied lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Details

  • Yield: 2 loaves
  • Prep Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin: Italy

Also Called: Panettone

DIRECTIONS

Soften yeast in water. Scald milk. Add sugar, salt, butter. Cool to lukewarm. Add 2 cups flour; beat well. Add yeast; mix well. Cover; let rise 1 hour in warm place. Punch dough down. Add beaten eggs, 1 yolk, reserving 1 egg white for glaze. Add vanilla; beat well. Combine with enough additional flour to make soft dough. Turn out on lightly floured board. Knead in raisins, almonds, lemon peel, and continue kneading until dough is smooth. Place in greased bowl. Let rise 1-1/2 hours, until double in bulk. Punch dough down. Divide in 2 parts. Reserve 10 minutes. Shape each portion into round loaf. Place in well-greased round 8-inch pans. Combine egg white, water; brush top of loaves with mixture. Let rise 1 hour, until double in bulk. Brush loaves again with egg mixture. Bake 35-40 minutes at 350°. Yield, 2 loaves

Recipe Source: Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965
Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Synod: It's a Wrap! 2 hours ago
A chaotic synod? Not in its results 3 hours ago
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat 8 hours ago
When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics October 20
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18

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