16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Our version of this 14th-century German holiday bread contains a lot less butter, but is chock-full of dried fruits and has the same characteristic firm, dry texture of the original.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare the marinated fruit, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, and let stand 1 hour. Drain the mixture in a sieve over a bowl, reserving the brandy and fruit mixture separately.

Step 2

To prepare dough, dissolve yeast and 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, reserved brandy, milk, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup butter, salt, and egg to yeast mixture; beat at medium speed of a mixer until smooth. Stir in marinated fruit, 1 1/2 cups flour, and almonds. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.

Step 3

Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray; turn to coat top. Cover; let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, about 2 hours. Dough will not double in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)

Step 4

Punch dough down; let rest 5 minutes. Roll into a 13 x 8-inch oval on a lightly floured surface. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; fold dough over lengthwise, leaving a 3-inch border. Cover and let rise 1 hour.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 6

Uncover dough, and bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped; cool. Brush with 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Ratings & Reviews

Wunderchic's Review

December 20, 2010
My mother requests this every year for our Christmas morning breakfast. It is absolutely delicious! So much better than store-bought.

curatrix's Review

December 20, 2010
delicious...I have made it every year since the recipe was first published. Sometimes use dried cherries, cranberries, apricots or whatever I have on hand along with the citron & peels. Truthfully, I have to make two batches just to see us through the holidays--it's that good. Freezes well, too.

smd1212's Review

November 27, 2010
Delicious! Great flavor with fruits and butter/sugar topping. I was unable to find the candied lemon/orange peel or citron, so I subbed zest of 1 orange, zest of 1 lemon for the peel and dried apricots and cranberries and some chopped crystallised ginger for the citron. Loved it with coffee or tea!