Would you like to amaze your friends and family around your Christmas table event ? Well I’ve brought to you this original yet easy recipe to make your own Santa Bread!
Follow these steps and leave your guests speechless!
– 4 to 4-1/2 cups bread flour
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
– 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1/4 cup water
– 1/4 cup butter, cubed
– 2 eggs
– 2 raisins
– 2 egg yolks
– 2 to 3 drops red food coloring
Directions – 8 easy steps to follow:
1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Beat in eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
1- Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Heat milk + water +butter in a small saucepan to 120° – 130°. Then add to dry ingredients, beat just until moistened. To finish the first step, beat in eggs until smooth, Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
2- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
3- Prepare your oven. Preheat it to 350°. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into two portions, one slightly larger than the other.
4- Shape the larger portion into an elongated triangle with rounded corners for Santa’s head and hat.
5- Divide the smaller portion in half. Shape and flatten one half into a beard. Using scissors or a pizza cutter, cut into strips to within 1 in. of top. Position on Santa’s face; twist and curl strips if desired.
6- Use the remaining dough for the mustache, nose, hat pom-pom and brim. Shape a portion of dough into a mustache; flatten and cut the ends into small strips with scissors. Place above beard. Place a small ball above mustache for nose. Fold tip of hat over and add another ball for pom-pom. Roll out a narrow piece of dough to create a hat brim; position under hat.
7- With a scissors, cut two slits for eyes; insert raisins into slits. In separate small bowls, beat egg each yolk. Add red food coloring to one yolk; carefully brush over hat, nose and cheeks. Brush plain yolk over remaining dough.
8- Cover loosely with foil. Bake 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.
Enjoy your Santa Bread and happy Christmas :)