I recently came across a recipe for Christmas Bread from Gooseberry Patch. Their website is adorable and filled with free recipes, cookbooks, organizers, and loads of super cute things! This recipe was very easy and made two loaves. On a whim I decided to use this for a 4-H Holiday Bake-Off my son participated in. I should have known that a Gooseberry Patch Recipe is always a winner! With this, he won first place in the bread category, complete with a blue ribbon and a 'golden spoon' as a reward.
Here is the recipe:
1-8-1/2 oz. pkg. yellow cake mix
3-1/2 oz. pkg. instant pistachio pudding mix
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. oil
1/4 c. water
1 c. sour cream
1/4 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
Combine dry cake and pudding mixes, eggs, oil, water and sour cream. Pour into 2 greased 9"x5" loaf pans. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle sugar mixture on top of bread mixture; press firmly into bread before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until center tests done. Makes 2 loaves.
** I added 1/2 cup of chopped pecans and instead of the cinnamon sugar on top, I used a Christmas green sugar topping for a festive touch.
This is a perfect snack to keep around the house or a nice gift to pass along.