Schnitzbrot (German Christmas Bread)


The name of this bread is pronounced 'shnits brote.' It's a wonderful dark, fruity bread that can be dusted with powdered sugar. Age the loaves 3 days before slicing them, and serve with butter.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Additional Time:
3 days 2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
3 days 4 hrs 55 mins
3 loaves


  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups prune juice

  • 1 (9 ounce) package condensed mincemeat

  • 2 cups prunes, pitted and chopped

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup black raisins

  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 7 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 teaspoons butter


  1. Grease a large bowl. Lightly grease three 5 x 9-inch loaf pans.

  2. Pour the warm water into a large mixing bowl, and stir in the yeast until dissolved. Allow to rest until the mixture becomes creamy, about 15 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of white sugar and 3 cups of flour until evenly blended.

  3. Pour the prune juice into a pan, and stir in the condensed mincemeat. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, and cook 1 minute at a rolling boil. Remove from the heat, and stir in the prunes, butter, raisins, walnuts, brown sugar, and salt. Combine the prune mixture with the yeast mixture in the mixing bowl. Gradually stir in the flour, 1 cup at a time, until well blended to make a moist dough. Turn out onto a floured board, and knead in any remaining flour to make 9 cups. Gather dough into a ball and place into greased bowl. Cover with a cloth, and place in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Punch down dough, knead lightly on a floured board, and return to the bowl. Allow to rise again, about 1 hour.

  5. Turn dough out onto a floured board. Punch down and shape into 3 loaves. Place each loaf into a prepared loaf pan. Lightly grease tops of each loaf with1 teaspoon butter. Cover with a clean cloth, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  6. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  7. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Lower heat to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C), and bake 1/2 hour more. Remove from pans, and cool on racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
8g Fat
76g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 298mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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