Get excited for the holiday season with this homemade Christmas Bread recipe. The bread is flavorful and fun to prepare, making it a great addition to your home throughout the holidays.
Swirled Holiday Sandwich Bread Recipe
There is no taste quite like the fresh and wholesome taste of homemade bread. As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time to give this Christmas Bread recipe a try. You can make sandwiches with it and put your favorite toppings on the bread before serving it to your loved ones.
This Christmas bread is a savory yeast bread that is swirled with red and green coloring. It makes great sandwiches and can be served for breakfast, lunch, or as a dinner side.
Why You’ll Love this Christmas Bread Recipe:
- Easy to make: Make this homemade bread with ease using minimal ingredients to get the job done. Don’t let this yeast bread scare you, it’s simple to make and tastes great!
- Festive addition: Since this Christmas bread is swirled with green and red, it’s a great addition to your holiday spreads. Everyone will be talking about that fun red and green bread.
How to Make Christmas Bread from Scratch
Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
- Proof your milk, yeast, and sugar in a stand mixer.
- Add in your flour and salt until thoroughly combined.
- Add your butter while continuing to knead for four minutes.
- Place dough on a floured surface, divide the dough into three sections and roll one in a tight bowl.
- Place a towel over the first bowl then add red and green food coloring to the other two balls of dough, covering them to rise, too.
- Roll out the dough into 3 different rectangles and then layer the dough.
- Roll the sheets of dough together and place in a greased pan.
- After the dough has risen again, bake for 1 hour.
You can eat it plain, spread butter on it, or even use it to make assorted sandwiches.
The honey helps proof the yeast and adds a bit of sweetness to the bread.
Yes, you can eat it while it’s still warm or allow it to cool completely before slicing and enjoying.
If you’d like to add shredded cheese or raisins and other types of ingredients, feel free to do just that!
Enjoy preparing this easy Christmas Bread. It will quickly become a holiday must-have for your family.
The bread is easy to prepare with simple ingredients. Once you make this Christmas bread, you will be asked to make it year after year.
Recipe Tips and Notes
Allow the bread to rise 2 times in a cool place with a towel over the bowl.
Lightly flour your surface before rolling out the bread dough.
Change out the colors of this bread to use for other holidays!
What should I do if the yeast doesn’t proof?
When the yeast doesn’t proof, it’s important to start over. If not, it won’t work, and you won’t be able to make the bread.
Can I make sandwiches with this bread?
Absolutely. You can slice into it and serve it with cheese, ham, salami, turkey, and all your favorite lunch meats.
How long does it take to make this bread?
It should take about 15-20 minutes to prepare the dough. However, you’ll need to let your dough rise twice and then roll it out. Once it’s ready to go in the oven, it takes only about an hour to bake.
Swirled Christmas bread is the perfect addition to your holiday parties and get togethers. It is easy to make and great for lunches or even snacking.
If you make this recipe be sure to leave us a comment or rating. Enjoy!
Swirled Christmas Sandwich Bread Recipe
- 1½ cups warm milk 341 grams (100-110°F)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 38 grams
- 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast 7 grams (1 envelope)
- ¼ cup honey 88 grams
- 2 egg whites 70 grams
- 4½ cups all-purpose flour 540 grams
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 grams
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 85 grams, room temperature (¾ stick)
- Red food coloring
- Green food coloring
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the milk, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes, until frothy. Once the yeast is frothy, add in the honey and whisk to combine. Add in the egg whites, whisking to combine, followed by the flour and salt. Use the dough hook attachment to knead the flour into the dough until thoroughly combined. Add in the butter and continue to knead until smooth and sticky, about 4 minutes. The dough should come away from the sides of the bowl.1½ cups warm milk, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast, ¼ cup honey, 2 egg whites, 4½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface. Divide it into 3 equal-sized sections (about 391 grams each). Roll one section of dough into a tight ball and place into a well greased bowl. Cover with a towel to rise. Add red food coloring to one of the remaining sections and green food coloring to the other section. Knead for a few minutes to fully incorporate the color into the dough. Roll each colored section of dough into a tight ball and place into 2 separate, well greased bowls to rise. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.Red food coloring, Green food coloring
- Once the dough has risen, turn the uncolored ball of dough out onto a well floured surface. Roll out into a rough rectangle about 7 inches wide and 10 inches long. Carefully transfer the sheet of dough onto a separate baking sheet. Next, roll out the red ball of dough in the same manner. Transfer the red sheet onto the top of the white sheet of dough. Lastly, roll out the green ball of dough. Flip the red and white sheets of dough onto the top of the green sheet of dough with the red being sandwiched between the green on the bottom and the white on the top.
- Roll the sheets of dough together into a rectangle about 8 inches wide and 12 inches long. Starting at the 8-inch end, roll the dough into a log. Pinch the edge of the dough together with the log so that it stays together when transferring. Place the dough log into a well greased loaf pan. Spray the top with baking spray. Cover with a towel and set aside to rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until doubled in size. In the last 30 minutes of rising, preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place the risen bread into the oven to bake for 1 hour, or until baked through and a toothpick inserted comes out clean (190°F internally). Once baked, remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack to cool before slicing and serving.
- Allow the bread to rise 2 times in a cool place with a towel over the bowl.
- Lightly flour your surface before rolling out the bread dough.
- Change out the colors of this bread to use for other holidays!