Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs
Traditional Christmas bread made easy in a bread machine.
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 1⁄4 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons powdered milk
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1⁄2 cup chopped mixed dried fruit (this is not to be added in until the add in beep)
- Add all ingredients in order giving except the fruit.
- Add fruit in on the "add in" beep on "sweet bread" setting on "light crust".
Excellent !!! The second time I made it I added 4 Tbps of sugar instead of te recommended 2 Tbps to make it a touch sweeter. I also added 1 cup of the fruit instead of the 1/2 cup. The extra sugar, interacting with the yeast, caused the bread to rise to a 2lb size loaf and made it much lighter and fluffier. I cooked it on the sweet bread, 2 lb light setting and it was PERFECT !!!
I'd give it 5 stars! It turned out beautifully, rising high and light. I added about a cup of chopped raisins and walnuts. I didn't have any butter left, so we spread honey on warm slices... yummm! I tried it another time, but added a cup of wheat flour instead of white... and it didn't work out so well. It turned out heavy and not done enough. Any suggestions?!
I had my doubts using a bread machine with this recipe but it is excellent. I did have to tweak it just a little. I had to use 4 cups of flour because when I checked the dough it was very wet. I also decided to add more fruit & nuts and double the sugar because I wanted a sweeter bread. It turned out perfectly! I will definitely make this again.