For today’s #BLOGMAS you can win a kitchen machine by Severin!
This bread is one of my family’s Christmas traditions. My grandpa used to do it every year, and everyone loved it so much that at some point he started making lots and lots and lots before Christmas and giving loafs to all his friends. Yet, there was one problem. He made it daaaayyyys before Christmas, which meant it was dry on Christmas Day (let’s add that to the list of things my grandpa doesn’t care about). So a few years ago, my mum began making her own Christmas bread and because we loved it so much, the next year she had to make it every few days throughout December. That was three years ago, and ever since, that bread has brought Christmas spirit to our house.
Unfortunately my mum has been beyond busy this year. Ever since the end of October I’ve been begging her to make her famous Christmas bread, but she never did it. Today I couldn’t hold myself back anymore, so I did it! I baked our famous bread, and it turned out perfect!
Once I put it into my mouth (still hot from the oven, with melting butter on it), I was suddenly back in my childhood Christmasses at my grandparents place. And even if you’ve never had this before (this is not even traditional in Finland, just at our family), I promise that this tastes perfectly like Christmas. And it is so soft and perfect… make me the honour and try it!
If I could ask you to make ONE single recipe from my blog: I’d ask you to make this. And please snap me if you do!
Ingredients (for one bread):
½ cup malt
1½ cup (100 g) dates
2½ cup boiling water
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp treacle / sugar beet syrup
1½ tsp salt
4½ cup wheat flour
2 tsp dry yeast (or ⅓ / 15g of a fresh yeast cube)
1. Pit the dates and chop them into little cubes.
2. Put the dates, malt and hot water into a bowl and let them soak for 20-30 minutes.
3. Add the other ingredients and knead.
4. Add a little flour to your hands to form the dough into one or two balls.
5. Let the dough rise underneath a cloth for about half an hour.
6. Bake at 225°C for about half an hour.
Serve with salted butter. My family loves it with Christmas ham too, and I bet some good cheese would be absolutely amazing too, as the bread tastes slightly sweetish!
P.S.: About the malt! If your supermarket doesn’t have it, you can get it at health stores. I prefer the powdered version, but the syrup works too (just add some more flour then). If you can’t find any, then swap the water for malt beer (0%)!
Every day until 24.12. a giveaway will be posted on one of my channels (usually my blog, but also Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube). You can enter by commenting on the post in English, German or Finnish. The winner for this giveaway will be chosen on 21.12., at 22:00, and will be mentioned in this post. You need to check it again to find out who won.
The kitchen machine goes to Lara!