From rum-laced banana bread to mini cranberry panettone and fruit-filled stollen, festive yeast breads make perfect holiday
Forget French pastry. This sweet holiday tea bread, topped with a Grand Marnier glaze and laced with cranberries, orange zest,
and butter, is major league amazing. Even better, it's make-ahead friendly and freezes perfectly. Bake two large loaves or
six small ones.
Stollen is a traditional German Christmas yeast bread that's filled with dried fruit and topped with a sugary glaze and candied
cherries. It's usually shaped into a folded oval and is a welcomed gift during the holidays.
This version of the sweet Italian yeast bread called panettone is made in muffin tins to streamline the baking process. Tuck
these little cranberry-studded gems into holiday decorated plastic bags or colorful Chinese take-out cartons and give to neighbors,
teachers, or friends.
Gooey cinnamon rolls are tricked out with an extra special filling of toasted pecans, cinnamon, and dried fruit. But their
best feature: the rolls go from freezer to oven in just 30 minutes. Perfect for make-ahead holiday breakfasts or gift giving.
Like yeast breads in Scandinavia, this beautiful braided loaf is scented with spicy-sweet cardamom, an aromatic spice used
in baked goods and curries. A little lemon zest adds more lush flavor, and then the sweet, easy-to-make bread is frosted with
Perfect for gift giving, these mini loaves have just the right balance of holiday spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
Top the loaves with cream cheese icing before giving or wrap un-iced loaves individually and present with a small jar of icing.
This hearty bread is simple and quick to make, so prepare extra and share with friends. Present each loaf by wrapping in plastic
wrap and then in a festive kitchen towel. Tie with colorful ribbon or raffia then round out the gift by adding a jar of sweet
Take a walk on the tropical side for the holidays with this oh, so good banana bread. Laced with dark rum and coconut, it's
crowned with a tart lime glaze. Gift wrap with a funky holiday kitchen towel and tie with red string licorice.
Sneak these cute little fruit and sunflower seed loaves onto co-workers' desks for a holiday surprise. With a scoop of cornmeal
and a splash of maple syrup, they're a sweet-savory combination that's bound to win over even picky eaters.
Sugar and spice and everything nice come together in this simple but unusual pumpkin-walnut tea loaf. Spices include cardamom,
ginger, and mace instead of the usual cinnamon, so make it for friends and family that like a taste of adventure with their
Always a hit at holiday brunch, these moist pumpkin muffins are studded with dried cranberries for a sweet and tangy flavor.
For gift giving, line a holiday craft box with parchment. Add a bundle of plastic-wrapped muffins, top with the lid, and tie
shut with raffia.