Swiss Christmas Bread


This is a sweet bread, made into a round loaf.

1 round loaf


  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground mace

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ cup margarine

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ½ cup halved candied cherries

  • ¼ cup candied citron peel

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar


  1. In a saucepan, heat milk, water, and butter or margarine until warm.

  2. In large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, nutmeg, mace, and cloves; mix well. Stir in warm milk mixture and egg. Blend with an electric mixer at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in raisins, cherries, citron, nuts, and enough remaining flour to make a firm dough.

  3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  4. Punch dough down. Shape into a round loaf, and place in a greased 2 quart casserole. Cover, and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Brush top of loaf with melted butter, and sprinkle lightly with 1 teaspoon sugar.

  5. Bake at 375 degrees F ( 190 degrees C) for 40 to 45 minutes, until deep golden brown. If too dark, cover loosely with foil last 5 to 10 minutes of baking. Cool.



Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
5g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 119mg 3%

* 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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