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Simple and Satisfying Christmas Brunch!

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Holiday Morning Brunch Bread
Savory Celebration Butters

(Family Features) - Brunch is a great way to start the Christmas day celebration. Invite family and friends to enjoy a simple and satisfying meal (saving room for the big meal later in the day).

Holiday Morning Brunch Bread is bursting with the flavors of sun-dried tomatoes and a trio of cheeses complemented by seasoned butters. The bread is the simplest of yeast doughs - no kneading required! Just mix the batter, let it rise and then into the oven! It's baked and served in an iridescent holiday green tree-shaped pan - making a very festive presentation.

Each of the butters has a distinctive flavor that adds zing to every bite of bread. Cilantro-Lime, Chipotle-Chili or Basil-Garlic Butter make an even more special presentation when molded into holiday shapes using candy molds.

Round out brunch with fresh fruit, juices and coffee. For more creative holiday celebration ideas and recipes visit www.wilton.com.

Holiday Morning Brunch Bread

Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (about 4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup (about 2 ounces) grated Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained well and finely chopped

Preparation
    1. Spray Iridescents Tree Pan with vegetable pan spray; set aside.
    2. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, garlic powder and salt; set aside. In medium saucepan, combine buttermilk, water and butter; heat over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is warm and butter is melted. Pour into large mixing bowl; sprinkle yeast over mixture. Allow to stand 5 to 8 minutes or until mixture is doubled and bubbly. Whisk in eggs. Add flour mixture; stir until well combined. Stir in cheeses and tomatoes. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap; let rise in warm, draft-free place for 30 to 35 minutes.
    3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool bread in pan 10 minutes. Serve with Savory Celebration Butters.

Serves
Makes 1 loaf (about 20 servings)

Related Recipes
Savory Celebration Butters

Savory Celebration Butters

Ingredients
Cilantro-Lime Butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
Chipotle-Chili Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
Basil-Garlic Butter
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Preparation
    1. Combine 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter with desired ingredients as listed below; mix well. Press into candy molds; refrigerate 15 to 20 minutes or until hardened. Pop butters out of molds onto serving plate. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Serves
Makes about 20 butter pats

SOURCE: Wilton Industries, Inc.


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