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Christmas Bread: Cougnou (Jesus Bread)

Christmas Bread: Cougnou (Jesus Bread)

I love the continental breads of Christmas. My favourite is the Italian Pannettone, however that is a little bit too difficult for me to make! But each Christmas I do try and explore some simpler Christmas breads. Last year I discovered the Cougnou bread- Bread of Jesus. This is a traditional bread of Belgium, it is meant to be shaped to look like baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes… I don’t do fancy moulding of bread, so mine looks like little rolls. But it tastes beautiful!

Ingredients

    4 cups plain flour
    1 sachet of yeast
    4 oz butter, melted
    150 mls warm milk
    ¼ cup raisins
    3 eggs
    ¼ cup sugar
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon salt

Jesus Bread

Warm the milk, until it is pleasant to the touch. Add all the ingredients to a food processor with the dough hook attached.

Allow the dough to knead for about 5 mins. You can mix the dough by hand and hand knead, but it is quite a sticky dough so this way is much better.

Place dough in an oiled bowl and leave in a warm place for about 2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.

After the dough has risen, knock it back, and break pieces off- about the size of a satsuma. Shape the dough into little rolls, and place on a baking sheet. Glaze with a milk and egg wash mixture.

Cook in a pre-heated 200° for around 20-25 mins

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