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Christmas bread – Christopsomo

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Dairy Free Diet

    Excludes foods such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and their by-products.


For the dough

  • In a mixer’s bowl, add a part of the water (550 g), the yeast and sugar.
  • Mix with a hand whisk until the yeast dissolves completely and it becomes activated.
  • Add the olive oil, flour and cinnamon. Beat with the hook attachment on medium speed for about 5-8 minutes, until all of the ingredients are completely combined start coming together to form a dough.
  • Add the salt, anise and walnuts. Beat for 1 minute, just to combine. They are not added from the start so that they don’t get crushed inside the dough.
  • If the dough is too thick, you can add the remaining water if needed.
  • In a separate bowl, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the dough.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside for 1 – 1 ½ hours, until it doubles in size.

To decorate

  • Wash the mixer’s bowl and place back on stand.
  • Add all of the ingredients: water, olive oil, flour and salt.
  • Beat with the paddle attachment for 2-3 minutes, until you create a smooth dough.
  • Remove dough from bowl and wrap in plastic wrap. Set it aside to rest.

For the Christmas bread

  • Punch down the dough lightly with your fingers and shape into a round loaf.
  • Line a 30 cm baking pan with parchment paper and butter.
  • Transfer dough into baking pan and let it spread out on its own.
  • Remove plastic wrap from decorating dough and cut it into 6 equal sized pieces.
  • Shape each piece into a long rope and then braid each 3 ropes into a braid. You should have 2 braids which should be as long as the circumference of the baking pan.
  • Brush the dough in the pan with some beaten egg so that the 2 types of dough don’t stick together.
  • Then place the 2 braids over it in the shape of a cross.
  • Position the whole walnut in the center.
  • Cover with a towel and allow the dough to rise again for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 180* C (350* F) Fan.
  • Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  • When the bread is almost ready, prepare the glaze by combining the honey and cognac thoroughly.When ready, remove from oven and immediately brush the glaze over the Christmas Bread. 


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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
29 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
20 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
11 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
36 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
21 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
30 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
16 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
18 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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