Recipe for Cumbrian Christmas Bread with Carrs Flour

Cumbrian Christmas Bread

2 HRS prep



30g Sultanas

60g Raisins

30g Mixed Peel

30g dried Cranberries

3 tbsp Rum

Mix for the Ferment:

1x7g sachet Fast Action Dried Yeast

more about yeast

Yeast is a living organism which produces carbon dioxide when it ferments. This gas naturally expands the dough helping to give the loaf a good volume. It also matures and develops the dough, providing flavour through the production of complex compounds.

Fast Action Dried Yeast (Easy Blend Yeast):
A powdered yeast which generally comes in sachets and can be added straight into your cake/bread mix. Used in all our recipes for ease.

Dried Yeast (Active Dried Yeast):
Comes as granules that are added to water and sugar to activate.

Fresh Yeast (Cake or Compressed):
A solid block of yeast with a short shelf life, that is stored in the fridge and activated by adding to water and sugar.

Sourdough Starter:
A naturally grown yeast that takes longer to activate, but is easy to digest. See our sourdough starter recipe.

10g Golden Caster Sugar

75g Carr’s Strong White Flour

150ml warm Water

100ml whole Milk

Mix for the Dough:

400g Carr’s Strong White Flour

75g Golden Caster Sugar

2 tsp Salt

½ tsp Mixed Spice

1 medium free-range Egg

1 tbsp Molasses or Black Treacle

40g melted unsalted Butter

Carr’s Strong White Flour


Soak the fruit in the rum overnight.

Then make the ferment to get the dough working and create a light and textured bread. Sift the flour, yeast and sugar into a bowl and stir in water and milk. Cover with clingfilm and leave to ferment for 30-45 minutes or until it is well risen.

For the dough, sift the flour, sugar and salt together in a bowl. Create a well in the dry mixture to add the egg, butter, molasses and the ferment. Combine the ingredients to create a raw dough. Add a little water if the dough is too dry.

Knead for 10 minutes by hand or mixer to create a silky dough. Drain the fruit then knead into the dough.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with clingfilm – leave to rise for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (Fan 180°C, Gas Mark 6). Shape the dough on a baking tray lined with baking paper into a round loaf shape. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for another 40 minutes.

The dough is ready when you can gently press it and the impression of your finger stays in the dough – if it springs back it needs to prove for a little longer.

When ready bake the loaf for 40 minutes. Protect it from getting too brown with a foil shield. Test if it is cooked by tapping the base of the loaf for a hollow drum sound.

Cut and spread with lashings of butter while it is still warm from the oven. It is also wonderful toasted the day after making or even better make a festive bread and butter pud!

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