Anybody else spend a lot more time in the kitchen during Christmas season? I know I sure do. I love baking goodies for my family and for our friends and neighbors. Every year I have at least a dozen new recipes I want to try. But we also have a few family favorites that I make every single year. This Cranberry Eggnog Bread is one of them. Eggnog is only available during the holiday season, so I make sure to stock up and freeze some for later. I’m not a huge fan of drinking eggnog, but I sure love recipes with eggnog!!
This bread is soft and tender and has a wonderful eggnog flavor. The nutmeg in the bread and the glaze really make it yummy!
I have a few boys that aren’t fond of Craisins, but they still love this bread! We can finish off both loaves in one day. I hope you’ll give it a try.
Do you have any favorite Christmas recipes that you just have to make every single year?
- 1 Tbsp instant yeast (I use SAF brand)
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/4 cups eggnog
- 1/4 cup oil or melted butter
- 3- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup Craisins
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp eggnog
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- dash of nutmeg
- -Makes 2 braids
- Dissolve yeast in the warm water. Add sugar, salt, nutmeg, eggnog, oil, and 1 1/2 cups of the flour. Beat for 2-3 minutes. Add Craisins and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead till smooth. Cover and let rest for 15-20 minutes. Divide dough in half. (I find it easiest to cut it with a knife.) Take half of the dough and divide it into three equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 16" rope. Braid the three ropes together and tuck ends under. Place on a large greased cookie sheet. Repeat for the other half of the dough. Let braids raise till doubled, about an hour. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or till lightly browned. Let cool for a few minutes.
- For glaze: Combine all ingredients together till smooth. Drizzle over warm braids.