Unusual Christmas Ideas

In this last Sunday’s bulletin we listed some unique ways to make celebrate Advent/Christmas. One way was to make Bambino Bread. The recipe and a link to the site follow. If you’d like to see the whole list you can return to the home page and scroll down to find the post “O Holy Night” that has a link to Sunday’s bulletin. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Looking for something special to make this Christmas? Try this bread recipe, shaped to resemble Jesus in swaddling clothes.

    • 2 cups lukewarm milk
    • 2 packages active dry yeast
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 1 beaten egg
    • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 5¾ to 6½ cups of all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, sprinkle yeast over milk and stir to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes to develop.
  2. Add in sugar, egg, butter, and salt and mix well. One cup at a time, add 5 cups of flour and beat thoroughly after each addition until flour is incorporated. Add enough of remaining flour to make a soft dough that is slightly sticky.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding small amounts of flour as necessary to keep dough manageable. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes, until dough is smooth and satiny.
  4. Lightly oil the surface of the dough and place it back into rinsed bowl and cover with a clean, dry towel. Allow to rise in a warm place free from drafts until doubled, about 60 minutes.
  5. Punch dough down and divide in half (one for each bread).
  6. Roll each half of the dough into a rope about 24 inches long, and form the braid as illustrated.
  7. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet; cover with a clean, dry towel and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled.
  8. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes

http://www.catholicdigest.com/recipe/231/Holiday_bambino_bread

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