It’s that time of year again as the season of joy, festivities and good times is upon us. This is the season for celebration, family gathering where the loved ones get together and spend quality time with each other. This is the happiest time for home cooks like me as we work on our holiday menu. I plan to make our holiday mornings extra-special with a homemade holiday bread, which is a quick version of the traditional sweet bread. The bread tastes and smells like Christmas and it’s great with either tea or coffee. The best thing of all, holiday bread can be made ahead of time and can be frozen up to a month, which means that I can start baking now.
This year, I plan to get little G involved in the baking process. Little G is 7 years old now and he loves baking and playing with dough, especially rolling out the dough on my kitchen countertop. With Little G’s participation in this year’s holiday baking, cleaning has become my top priority. I often use my kitchen countertop for food prepping, such as slicing raw meat. My countertop also tend to be the dirtiest near the sink area because I often wipe it with sponges and cleaning cloths that have a lot of bacteria.
To set the stage for our little holiday baking project, I choose Clorox® Regular Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX™ as the all-purpose cleaner for my kitchen countertop (check out this amazing video on How to Sanitize Your Countertops). Disinfecting the work space will make sure that little G and I are not spreading germs by cooking on a dirty countertop, and that I will be at ease when rolling out the dough on the surface so everyone will be able to enjoy our homemade holiday bread on Christmas morning!
This is my holiday bread recipe. It’s never too early to start baking as this holiday bread makes a great gift for friends and family. With the holidays around the corner, do remember that food safety is important and Clorox® Regular Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX™ can be used in the kitchen (and entire house) for disinfection and general cleaning. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Clorox. The text and opinions are all mine.
Holiday Bread Recipe
Yields: 16 Slices | Prep Time: 10 Mins | Bake Time: 55 Mins
Adapted from: Good Housekeeping
2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup dried tart cherries or other dried fruit
1/3 cup pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh lemon peel
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease large cookie sheet. In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. With pastry blender or using two knives scissors-fashion, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in ricotta, dried cherries, pecans, vanilla, lemon peel, and eggs until well combined.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. With floured hands, gently knead dough two or three times to blend. With floured rolling pin, roll dough into 10″ by 8″ oval. Fold oval lengthwise, bringing top half over so that bottom of dough extends by about 1 inch.
Place the dough on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer the dough to wire rack; cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to coat just before serving if you like.