Santa Bread

by Laura on December 24, 2010

It’s Christmas Eve morning and, as usual, I’m so excited I can’t sleep.  I usually get up before 5:00 every year, and when my Honey Girl and my Sweet Boy were little ones they were up with me, too, waiting for my Dear Husband.  We would gallop around the house before we started shaping the Stollen and preparing breakfast.  But they are teenagers now, sound asleep, and it’s little Annie and I up before dawn.  We sit in the darkness together with just the lights on the tree and listen to the quiet and watch the snow falling.  The world is white and peaceful and I am perfectly happy.

Since I have a little extra time this morning, here’s a post I didn’t get to this week.  If you’re having a quiet Christmas Eve morning, this is a perfect and easy recipe to add to your baking.  If you have rapid rise yeast and bread flour, I’m sure you have everything else you need to make it.

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t about this point before Christmas, it’s nice to take a break from the have-to-do and should-do lists to just bake something for the pure joy of baking.  So this weekend, we invited my Sweet Boy’s sweet sweet girlfriend Taylor to make Santa bread with us.  In 2002 we saw a Martha Stewart Show during which some particularly crafty person, unlike myself, made Santa-shaped breads, and I quickly sketched the design.  That sheet of paper, scribbled with a purple marker, has been in the back of our Christmas three-ring binder for eight years.  It was time for a revival.

Taylor made a sweet googly-eyed Santa with an adorable polka-dot hat.  And my Honey Girl made a rather mischievous looking Santa who looks like he might be plotting with the gingerbread men.

Bread is not my forte, but this fast white bread recipe is so simple that even I can make delicious, and adorable, bread with it.  I got up early, mixed up the dough, and got it through its first rise—about 45 minutes total.  Then the girls shaped the loaves, they rose a second time, and we baked them—another hour and a half total.  This is the kind of project that’s perfect for a lazy day or a day when you are working on other projects at home.  You can attend to the dough here and there for a few minutes, but most of the time required is just spent waiting.  The bread is quite tasty, too.  We made Santa bread sandwiches—after, with some guilt, we took the plunge and cut into Santa’s beard.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kris Jacobson December 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

so cute!

2 Tami Helmer February 6, 2011 at 8:54 am

I love the bread as well as your website! I just learned about it and am so impressed. I will stay tuned……..

3 Laura February 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Oh, thank you so much, Tami!

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