Real Christmas Bread

Christmas mincemeat adds a delicious sweetness to a citrus-flavoured loaf in Paul Hollywood's festive bread recipe
By Paul Hollywood
Real Christmas Bread
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  • Serves: Makes 1 loaf
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 1 hr rising
  • Effort: medium



  • 500 g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100 g mincemeat
  • grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lemons
  • 40 g butter
  • 12 g salt
  • 25 g fresh yeast
  • 280 ml water


1. Place the flour, mincemeat, orange zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, butter, salt and yeast in a large bowl and mix together.

2. Gradually add in the water, mixing to form a dough.

3. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and knead for 4 minutes.

4. Shape into a rough sausage shape, around 15cm across.

5. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and set aside to rise for 1 hour.

6. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas 7.

7. Slash the top of the loaf with a knife and dust with flour.

8. Bake for 25 minutes until risen.

9. Cool on a wire rack.

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