Krentenbrood van Bakker Veerman (Currant and Raisin Bread)


This is my father's recipe for authentic Dutch currant bread (krentenbrood). He was a professional baker and made these loaves a lot! This recipe makes 2 regular-sized loaves, or one long loaf.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
2 loaves


  • 3 ½ cups dried currants

  • 3 cups raisins

  • ½ cup candied peel

  • 7 ¼ cups bread flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 4 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 cup lukewarm water (113 degrees F (45 degrees C)), divided

  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons butter


  1. Soak currants and raisins in a bowl of warm water for 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels; stir in candied peel.

  2. Sift flour and cinnamon into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour. Add yeast and sugar to the well; pour in 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Let stand until yeast begins to foam, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir remaining 3/4 cup lukewarm water, milk, eggs, and salt into the flour mixture until dough comes together.

  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Add currant mixture; knead until evenly incorporated and dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  5. Grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans lightly with butter. Flatten dough gently and shape into 2 loaves. Place 1 loaf in each pan and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until puffy, about 45 minutes.

  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  7. Bake loaves in the preheated oven until firm and dark brown, about 45 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing, about 1 hour.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute 4 ounces fresh yeast for the active dry if preferred.

Substitute sultanas for the raisins if desired.

If you decide to halve the recipe, bake the bread for 30 minutes instead of 45.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
3g Fat
101g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 101g 37%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 642mg 14%

* 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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